Wangaratta Council has banned a popular pet pig from public places after he was deemed “too dangerous” for the streets.
The local council has written to owner Matthew Evans with the threat of a $806 fine if the pig is seen on city-owned land again.
Grunt the pig is a well-known figure in Wangaratta (Victoria’s northeast), and even has his own Facebook fan page.
Ironically, he was invited to walk at the local show… by the council!
The notice from the Rural City of Wangaratta suggests that walking Grunt on council land could endanger the public.
However, Evans has called for the council to work with him on a “reasonable solution”.
“We have contacted the council a number of times regarding issues with Grunt; including the council alleging he could not stay on our rural property due to not having sufficient space which was found to be untrue by the same council standards they were trying to employ,” he wrote on a Facebook fan page for Grunt.
“We believe this is just a further battle to find fault with a beloved part of the Wangaratta community.”
He disputed council’s claims the pig had been “taking food from a child”.
“This has never been brought up to the owners and they have never once received a personal complaint of this nature, nor any direct contact from the council regarding this matter,” Mr Evans wrote.
“Without a specific incident report we are unable to comment further on specifics but cannot recall a time where this has happened as we are very careful to warn children that have food in their hands to put it down before interacting with Grunt.”