Our new weekender at the Hawk, Scott Stevens, got to meet a pet pig named Sheldon, and right Sheldon needs our help to be reunited with his family.

There is a story behind this cute piggie, and it's not a happy one for him or the family that loves him.

Susannah Morgan Slaughter used to happily share her home with this 32-pound, mixed African pygmy pig, but she's had to give him up by order of the city of Somers Point, New Jersey.

According to nj.com:

Slaughter and her 5-year-old son acquired the animal in April 2012, a month before Somers Point passed an ordinance banning pigs.

Sheldon is living with a friend in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, for now.

Slaughter has 20 days to appeal the ruling.

She had to remove Sheldon from her home or she faced up to a $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

At Susanna's facebook page, Operation Save Our Sheldon, she writes:

"This page was created to spread the word about the injustice we are facing as a family as Somers Point is trying to force us to get rid of our pig Sheldon!

I am an Emergency room nurse, Disabled Veteran of Foreign War, proud Mother of an amazing 5 year old, and a home owner in Somers Point, NJ.

Sheldon, our miniature pig, joined our family back in April and has brought an immeasurable amount of joy to our lives."

Please spread the word so we can get this family back to together. :-)

P.S. For those itching to use the word, "bacon" or to suggest Susannah change her last name for obvious reasons, I just did. :-D


Photo courtesy of Susannah Morgan Slaughter