TX - Missing service pig Demeter located and returned to owner who has health issues

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Missing service pig found. (ksat.com)
    pictures of the noble Demeter at the link above
     
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  3. Wolfie

    Wolfie New Member

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    A pig can not be a service animal according to federal law. Only dogs and mini horses can. (I'm up a creek if I ever need one, because I'm very allergic to dogs, and horses don't have to be accomidated, though I'd probably need a stablilty animal so a horse would work.)

    It sounds like this is an Emotional Support Animal, which is not the same thing as a service animal and actually has very few rights outside of housing and air travel.
     
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    SophieRose New Member

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    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/lo...o-woman-reunited-with-service-pig-5169563.php

     
  5. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    LOL @ the pics of her sitting in the truck looking out the window… priceless.

    That'll do pig, that'll do. :)
     
  6. buffetoflies

    buffetoflies Active Member

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    bolded part doesn't make sense. How can the pig alert her? She herself would know because she would be having milder symptoms.
     
  7. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    There's a Greek goddess named Sarah? Snyder was a baby when she got that pig? Wow, isn't 33 years quite old for a pig?
     
  8. Gozgals

    Gozgals New Member

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    My beef here is if she thinks the pig helps her, who cares if it is a typical service animal or not? She feels it is a help to her life.

    I don't know why anyone would debate this.

    The pics of the pig are just adorable..:loveyou:

    Goz
     
  9. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    sweet baby rays chipotle
     
  10. TrackerSam

    TrackerSam New Member

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    Good question. I looked it up. 25 years wild and half that tamed. There's no way that pig is 33 yrs. old.
     
  11. Wolfie

    Wolfie New Member

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    Legally it can not be a service animal, as mentioned above, only dogs and occasionally mini horses are legally service animals, and only dogs have all the rights. It does sound like it helps her, and it does have a legal term, Emotional Support Animal, if she has a doctor's note for it.

    A real service animal would not have wandered off, and would need a lot more training than a pig could do. When an animal is passed off as a Service animal when it's not, it hurts real service animals and causes issues for their handlers with access, and public opinion. It's like all the pocket dogs that people pass off as service animals and carry around everywhere (a big no-no, service dogs should be on the floor to prevent dander spreading), feed under their tables in restaurants and let everybody else touch. Those arent' things that a dog who is working should be doing.
     
  12. thepinkdragon

    thepinkdragon Verified US Army Veteran/Certified Veteran's Menta

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    Um. I hope you're being sarcastic. Lol

    Demeter the pig (now 2) was 6 weeks old when Sarah, 33, first got her.

    As far as service animals.. Pigs are very intelligent so protected or not I can see it being very good for therapy purposes.

    Sounds like a case of crappy journalism ruining a cute story.


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  13. Wolfie

    Wolfie New Member

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    If she has a doctor's note for an Emotional Support Animal, it has housing/airline protection.
    I agree.
     

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