The woman was spotted walking her pet pig down Cavendish Road on Tuesday (November 21).
The friendly pig sported a smart light blue harness as it stopped for fuss from intrigued passers-by.
A picture taken by an onlooker shows the grey pig happily sniffing a resident as he stopped to chat with its owner.
A small Pomeranian nearby seemed unperturbed by the unusual sight.
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Keeping a pet pig
If you keep a pig or ‘micropig’ as a pet, you’re considered a pig keeper.
You must follow the same traceability and welfare rules as pig farmers.
As a keeper, you’re legally responsible for the welfare of your pig. You must look after it by:
- providing it with a suitable place to live
- giving it a suitable diet
- making sure it can behave naturally and normally
- protecting it from pain, suffering, injury and disease
You must follow good hygiene and biosecurity standards to help prevent the introduction and spread of disease.
Walking a pet pig
You need to apply for a licence from APHA to walk your pig outside your home or premises.
You also need to provide a map of your proposed route as part of your application.
APHA may not approve your walking route if it poses a health risk, for example if it passes close to a:
- livestock market
- pig farm
- fast food restaurant
You must have your licence with you whenever you’re walking your pig, and you’ll need to renew it every year.
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