Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:32:47 GMT
Here's a timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death. On September 10, 2010, police say 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan was attacked and killed inside her Sheffield, Vt. home.The next day a friend reportedMore >>
Timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:32:54 GMT
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Food Bank. A press release says the money will provide 19,800 meals for families throughout Vermont "The Vermont Food Bank is thrilled to again be theMore >>
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Foodbank.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:40 GMT
A judge denied Allen Prue's request for a new lawyer Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, a judge also denied Patricia Prue, Allen's wife, a new lawyer. Patricia and Allen Prue are accused of strangling and beatingMore >>
A judge denied Allen Prue's request for a new lawyer Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:22:01 GMT
If you're looking to help the victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma here are some resources: Red Cross You can also text REDCROSS to: 90999. Each text will donate $10 and will be charged to your phoneMore >>
If you're looking to help the victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma here are some resources. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:32:21 GMT
ABC World News With Diane Sawyer will be expanded to one hour Tuesday night. According to ABC News, the 1 hour telecast will provide information about the Oklahoma tornado. ABC22 will go on-air at 7:30More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:55:33 GMT
New York State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Champlain, N.Y. on Monday night. A press release says when Ronald Trombly, 85, of Mooers, N.Y., was trying to get around 4 runners on the shoulderMore >>
New York State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Champlain, N.Y. Monday night.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:15:46 GMT
There is a meeting for the Burlington Community in regards to the rail yard enterprise project. This project would essentially connect Pine Street and Battery Street at the Kilburn intersection, cuttingMore >>
There is a meeting for the Burlington Community in regards to the rail yard enterprise project. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:07:08 GMT
A judge has denied the request of Patricia Prue for a new lawyer. The judge says difference of opinion is not enough to substitute new counsel. Patricia and Allen Prue are accused of strangling and beatingMore >>
A judge has denied the request of Patricia Prue for a new lawyer.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:31 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:31:52 GMT
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend. A press release says the Memorial Day holiday, the unofficial start of summer, marks the beginning of the prime season for all 52 Vermont State Parks.More >>
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:16 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:16:17 GMT
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. According to a local veterinarian, often times, animals will get itchy. Extreme scratching canMore >>
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. More >>
ESSEX, Vt. -
Inside a home in Essex live a man and a woman, and get this… 47 pet pigs. All 47 pigs live indoors, and now because of numerous complaints and zoning violations, they all need new homes.
Although all 47 of the pigs were just darling and their owner is clearly passionate, neighbors say that many, is too many.
It's a beautiful home in a nice part of Essex, but as you get closer, there's an odor… and just over the kitchen counter, you can see why… 47 pigs live here, but all of them have to go.
"They are my family and now we desperately need really good homes," Florence Gruber said.
Gruber has been breeding miniature pigs for three years. After neighbors in New York forced her out, her and her snout nosed family landed in Essex, in September.
"We thought the pigs were legal here," Gruber said. Turns out, they aren't, so neighbors, like Mary Thomas made several complaints. "Property value will go down," Thomas said. Thomas says she also has health concerns. "I cannot imagine anybody putting pigs in a house," Thomas added.
Because Gruber is violating zoning ordinances, the town is giving her until January 22nd to have the one hundred pound pigs, the piglets, and all of the pigs in between that have taken over the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms gone.
"It's devastating, devastating," Gruber said.
None of the pigs are farm animals, they're all house pets, and although donations are accepted, she's really just looking for them to have a good home.
"They do use litter boxes like a cat and they can be trained to go outside like a puppy," Gruber said.
But Thomas doesn't buy it."You can make a horse into a house pet if you wanted!"
Gruber argues the dirty, dumb and lazy reputation pigs have is a misconception. She's considering buying land elsewhere and continuing to breed pet pigs.
If the animals aren't adopted they'll end up in a shelter, because Gruber says they certainly won't be makin' bacon!
But before you can own the next Porky, Wilbur or Babe… You have to check with your town or city's planning and zoning department. Essex - as we've learned restricts residents from owning farm animals if their lot is a certain size or within a certain proximity to other homes… and even then, one or two pigs would be the limit! Burlington on the other hand, lets pig lovers own up to four miniature house pet-pigs at a time... but that's it!
"That amount of pigs living inside your home, it's just not healthy, it's not healthy for the animals, it's not healthy for the people living there," Essex Planning and Zoning Administrator Sharon Kelley said.
Again, if you're looking to adopt one of these little guys... you may also need to submit an application, so be sure to check with your planning and zoning department so you don't end up in hot water!
If you're interested in adopting a pig, go to www.cutiepigs.com or call Florence Gruber at 802-871-5990.
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