In this part of south-central Minnesota, it's not a shocker to find pigs. But in more populated cities like Eagan, it could be a little strange.

According to a Star Tribune report, the Eagan City Council recently voted 3-2 to allow miniature pigs. You have to obtain a $20 permit and the pig has to weigh less than 200 pounds. Other restrictions are the same as those for dogs.

Suburbs allowing miniature pigs — Vietnamese potbellied pigs are just one variety — include Minnetonka, New Hope, Shoreview, Lino Lakes, West St. Paul, Crystal and Bloomington.

City officials have expressed that they are concerned at allowing pigs on lots less than 5 acres. And some say the 200-pound weight limit is too high.

Some in Eagan were concerned that the smell of pigs will decrease property values.

Another resident pointed out that pigs are intelligent and clean animals. Most cities that have allowed the permits have said they don't get many requests for them because pigs are a lot of work.


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