HOUSTON A Spring family who is fighting to keep a pot-bellied pig has filed a lawsuit against their HOA, but won t know the outcome until April.
The Sardo family lives in The Thicket at Cypresswood subdivision with Wilbur, their 60-pound, 8-month-old potbelly pig.
In July, they got a notice from their HOA saying they had 30 days to find Wilbur a new home. The HOA said Wilbur had to go because the neighborhood s deed restrictions ban livestock.
Wilbur s owner, Missy Sardo, was initially told that if she could get 51 percent of the homeowners in the subdivision to sign a petition agreeing to allow the pig, the deed restrictions could be changed.
The Sardos got the signatures and started a Facebook page for their pet, which now has a following of over 4,400 people. But about a week later, Missy Sardo said she got a second letter from the HOA saying the petition wouldn t change anything, and they would have to find Wilbur a new home, after all.
The Sardos filed a lawsuit against the HOA, asking a court to judicially declare that Wilbur is a household pet and not a violation of the deed restrictions.
According to the USDA, potbelly pigs are classified as pets, not livestock, and Wilbur was in fact sold and taxed by the State of Texas as a pet, Sardo said. The HOA has made demand that we get rid of Wilbur, and we just can t do it. He is part of our family, and the deed restrictions permit household pets. Wilbur is a household pet, and we have decided to fight for him.