Article Courtesy of Channel
By Isabel Mascareņas
Published January 15, 2018
SARASOTA - The battle, which pitted an HOA against a beloved pet, is over. The
HOA has agreed that the miniature pot-bellied pig can stay.
After checking into the county rules, the
McDowell family decided to adopt a miniature pot-bellied pig
about a year and a half ago because the county allowed them
as pets. The HOA disagreed.
Hamilton came home to his adoring family when he was 4 weeks
The family notified the HOA, but they received a notice over
a year later that they were in violation of the homeowner's
association rules. By then, Hamilton was a beloved member of
"He’s just like having a dog," said Cari. "He rings the bell
to go potty, goes out on a leash sleeps in a kennel next to
the dogs.” Hamilton also likes to snuggle on the couch with
10News reporter, Isabel Mascarenas brought us the original
story back in December.
Support for Hamilton from the community grew to include a
petition with more than 2,000 signatures and a Facebook page
with over 400 followers.
The McDowells even hired an attorney to help with their
A Sarasota County family is taking on their HOA over
the right to keep Hamilton, their pot belly pig.
Through Hamilton's Facebook page, we learned today
that he gets to stay, so the family can snuggle together free from fear of
an HOA eviction.