A Madison County man begged supervisors to classify his potbellied pig as a pet after he was ordered to clear the property of excessive livestock.

The Board of Supervisors ordered rescued animals on North Old Canton Road to be cleared from the property within 90 days to be compliant with zoning ordinances. 

County Planning & Zoning Director Scott Weeks told supervisors last Monday that the house located at 913 North Old Canton Road is zoned R-1 residential and had exceeded the maximum livestock capacity. Property owners are allowed three animals per acre, according to the county’s ordinance. 

Weeks said there were numerous horses, goats and a pig on the property. 

District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter said to his knowledge most of the animals were rescues.

According to the county tax roll, the property is listed under Peggy Crews Manning. However, Wesley Kaiser spoke to supervisors about the animals and asked for a 90-day grace period. 

“Most of the horses that are there do not actually belong to me,” Kaiser said. “They belong to a rescue.”

He said weather and other obstacles have caused him to be unable to transport the animals where they need to go. 

Kaiser said he personally owned three horses and would like to keep them on the property before pleading to also be able to keep the potbelled pig, too. 

“I’m begging,” he said, “if we could exempt my pig as a pet. She’s a potbelly pig…that’s the size of a very large dog.”

Baxter asked Weeks if the pig could be exempted as a pet. 

“I’m not real sure what the regulations would be,” he said. “It is considered livestock by our definitions.”

Board Attorney Katie Bryant Snell reminded the board the county was recently involved in litigation that went all the way to the state Supreme Court regarding ducks, geese and other animals in residential areas. 

“I don’t think we can,” she said regarding classifying the pig as a pet. “I don’t think our language anticipates pigs being pets.”

She said she would look back at the specific ordinance and the lawsuit and see if there was a way to accommodate the request legally. 

Supervisors then unanimously voted to give Kaiser 90 days to get rid of all the animals but three horses. They also asked Snell and Weeks to get together and research the pet pig component.