Temple: Swine Might Be Fine—As Pets

TEMPLE (May 2, 2014) Temple’s existing swine ordinance bans pigs within the city limits unless they’re kept in a pen or enclosure on a tract that’s at least 10 acres and zoned for agricultural use, and that the pen is at least 500 feet from the tract’s nearest property line.

The ordinance does not allow keeping swine including pot-bellied pigs as pets.

But that could change under revisions that the Temple City Council is considering.

“One of my constituents brought this forward,” Councilmember Russell Schneider said.

“It is not about farm animals or raising pigs for the FFA. Some people prefer pigs as pets.”

The proposed revisions would allow residents to keep miniature swine under certain conditions.

The council discussed the proposed provisions Thursday night, including requirements that the pigs must be no more than 18 inches high and no more than 3 feet long and that they weigh no more than 75 pounds.

The proposed revisions would set a limit of two pigs per household and the animals would have to be spayed or neutered and would have to receive annual vaccinations.

“Staff has conducted quite a bit of research on this potential ordinance change, to include a review of ordinances in other cities throughout Texas that allow miniature swine,” Assistant City Manager Brynn Myers said.

“Based on the discussion at the council meeting last night, we anticipate there may be a few adjustments recommended prior to Council’s final consideration of the ordinance. Staff is conducting further review on provisions related to weight, sterilization, and restrictions limiting the pets to indoors.”

A second reading of the revised ordinance is scheduled for the council’s next meeting on May 15.

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