CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (CBSMiami) - Twinkie the pig beat the law. The realwinner, though, is 8-year-old Kason Ray, who has Down's Syndrome.
The Juliana piggy who made headlines in November got the OK from thecity attorney, who said medical documentation provided by the familyshows Twinkie is an emotional support animal for Kason, the SouthFlorida Sun-Sentinel reports.
The Ray family is very pleased they can keep the pig.
"Although it took much longer than it should have, we are happy thecity of Coral Springs finally decided to do the right thing in grantingthe allowance," said Kason's mother, Heather Ray.
A request for a waiver to keep Twinkie as pet was denied by the cityin September. Coral Springs city code prohibits residents from keepingpigs as pets, because livestock is not allowed.
The Ray family insisted they should receive an exception becausetheir pig provides emotional support for their Down's Syndrome son.
"We decided on a pig because his dad and brother are allergic to petdander and pigs are non-allergenic animals. People with special needsdon't always feel accepted, so a pet loves you no matter what."