NY village divided over emotional support pig

NY village divided over emotional support pig

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Pig, out? Officials in a village in the Mohawk region of New York say yes — even though its owner says Ellie the pig is an emotional support animal. Ellie is a potbellied pig that Wyverne Flatt says has been there for him through a divorce and the death of his mother. But officials in Canajoharie say Ellie is a farm animal that is being kept as a pet illegally. Flatt is trying to save Ellie’s bacon, despite possibly facing criminal charges for keeping her around. Flatt says he can’t let go of part of his family. Pig fans have rallied support for Flatt and Ellie, saying pigs should be seen as loyal companions — not just a source of food.

Wyverne Flatt who is fighting to keep his pot-bellied pig Ellie as an emotional support animal poses for a photograph at his home Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Canajoharie, N.Y. Village officials consider Ellie a farm animal, and not allowed in the village. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Photo: View of Church Street where resident Wyverne Flatt who is fighting to keep his pot-bellied pig Ellie as an emotional support animal at his Village home Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Canajoharie, N.Y. Village officials consider Ellie a farm animal, and not allowed in the village. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)