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NY woman cited for therapy pig
NEW YORK (WKRC) -- A woman in New York, who uses a therapy pig, is fighting against the city after being ticketed for her wild animal.
Three-year-old Wilbur is a service animal for disabled Navy veteran Nadine Darsanlal, who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on overseas deployment.
She says Wilbur has kept her going. "He's a mama's boy, loves affection. I wake up with him doing piggy kisses on my cheek."
But she's getting no love from New York City. Instead, Darsanlal is repeatedly being cited by the health department for keeping illegal livestock.
The most recent citation slapped her with a five hundred dollar fine, which a judge insisted be paid even after reviewing Wilbur's badge as a certified emotional support animal.
State senator Tony Avella is now fighting to change the law to allow pigs Wilbur's size to be kept as pets. Wilbur tours city schools, hospitals, and nursing homes to cheer people up and push for Avella's pet pig plan.