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Cambridge council suspends exotic animal bylaw, allowing local woman to keep pet pig

Last Updated May 16, 2018 at 7:19 pm EDT

Photo from Tracy Baker's Facebook page.

There’s still a long way to go for a Cambridge woman looking to hold on to her pet potbellied pig.

Cambridge city council has suspended an animal control by-law that prohibits exotic animals until 2019, allowing Tracy Baker to keep three-year old “Snowflake” in her apartment.

“It’s still going to be a battle until they actually say yes or no to the by-law,” Baker tells 570 NEWS, “(But the vote) does give me a bit of a stress relief that I’m not looking over my back every minute, waiting for them to come and snatch her.”

Baker says potbellied pigs — or a mini-pig — are bred to be domesticated, like dogs and cats, adding Snowflake is litter-trained and leash-trained.

“They are very smart animals, very loving, very clean,” she adds, “Mine is litter-trained, you can litter-train them and you can also leash train them so you can walk them.”

“Mine does both, mind you she doesn’t come out in the winter. She’s a bit of a pampered princess.”

The by-law suspension was put in place so Cambridge city council can review the laws and examine the approaches other cities have taken on the matter.