Layla the pig has created a debate at Vernon city hall.

Layla the pig has created a debate at Vernon city hall.

Pig’s future in council’s hands

Vernon council voted not to force the 30-pound mini pig to leave her home until rules reviewed

Layla may be granted clemency.

Vernon council voted Monday not to force the 30-pound mini pig to leave her home until current bylaws prohibiting swine in residential areas are reviewed.

“Administration will come back to us in regards to any licensing that may be required (for the pig to stay),” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

The city’s bylaw officers instructed Coralee Carrier in mid-July that she would have to get rid of Layla in 30 days because a noise complaint had been received.

“We are respectful of our neighbours,” Carrier told members of council.

“She does make an oink here and there if she is excited but it’s never continuous.”

Carrier says Layla stays mostly inside and is supervised when she is out in the yard.

“She is 100 per cent domesticated and would never survive on a farm,” she said, adding that Layla is very social.

“Losing her would be devastating to her as it would be to us. She is part of our family.”

Mund insists he has no concern about potbellied pigs being pets but says the existing rules must be followed by the city.

“It’s not about us being heavy-handed. It’s the bylaw we have in place,” he said.

“We may have to look at changing the bylaw to include pigs.”