Pigs as Pets

November 25, 1990

In the last meeting of its term, the Baltimore County Council unanimously approved a bill declaring Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs to be pets. That exempts them from county zoning laws which otherwise would require one acre of land per swine.

More than that. Dogs and cats must be licensed but pigs roam around tax-free. "It would probably have cost $37,000 to set up the machinery. And for what -- half a dozen pigs," explained Council Administrator Thomas Toporovich.

Hog while you may. Once the numbers increase, the tax man cometh.

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