A pig dressed like a cop. Now there’s something you don’t see every day. Even in New York City.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a recent sighting of one generated a lot of attention. It even made the news.
As News 4 reported, the little pig spotted by the Apple Store in Soho “belonged to a young woman,” and its outfit “seemed fit for purpose, with utility pockets and identifying badge.”
Apparently some bystanders — including some of New York’s Finest, — enjoyed meeting the little guy.
Witnesses told the media that the NYPD officers “were amused by the curly-tailed member of the force.”
“They were all laughing,” one witness said.
“There were lots of people entertained by this little piggy.”
The letter of the law
It’s a good thing the officers had a sense of humor. After all, having a pet pig is against the law in New York City. It’s also illegal to keep sheep, goats and “most farm animals” as pets in Gotham. City regulations also prohibit the ownership of:
- Venomous spiders including but not limited to tarantulas and black widows
- Various monkeys and apes
- Large/predatory birds
- Various large and venomous snakes including vipers
- Various types of lizards
- Various reptiles and amphibians
- Wild/predatory dogs and cats
- Squirrels, racoon and bats
- Venomous insects
In other words, you can’t keep a wild, exotic, or potentially dangerous animal as a pet in New York City. And with good reason.
Some people just don’t get it…
But some New Yorkers just don’t get it. Or if they do, they don’t care.
According to published reports, the city’s Health Department issued nearly 300 tickets to offenders in one five-year period.
Administrative judges preside in cases when New Yorkers accused of keeping banned pets choose to fight the tickets. And many do. But losing can be costly, with fines ranging from a few hundred bucks to a few grand.
Of course, we all have choices. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.