STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Tuesday’s flurries might have been a nuisance for Staten Islanders, however for Cristy Matteo they gave her another day together with her beloved pet pig Wilbur.
Matteo contacted the Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene to allow them to know that she was cautious to drive within the inclement climate however will take Wilbur to his new “residence” on Wednesday.
With assist from her new lawyer, Carol Ryder, Matteo was capable of get Wilbur to remain in a better location — Ross Mill Farm and Piggy Camp in Jamison, Pa.
Wilbur was initially slated to go to Ziggy Refuge in Greensboro, N.C.
Wilbur is being pressured to go away his residence as a result of a courtroom determination made by the New York Metropolis Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene (DOHMH).
The Well being Division has said that it isn’t within the public’s greatest curiosity for pigs to be allowed within the house as pets.
“”Whereas we will recognize how emotional this difficulty could be, the Well being Division’s main position is to guard public well being,” spokesman Julien Martinez has said. “As current as 2013, the Board of Well being reaffirmed that pigs ought to stay on the listing of prohibited animals as a result of, amongst different causes, there isn’t a USDA-authorised rabies vaccine for pigs.”
Nevertheless, Ryder factors out that research present that “no pig vaccinated with the rabies vaccine authorised for canine,” like Wilbur, “has introduced with rabies.”
Ryder plans to take Wilbur’s case to federal courtroom if native courts will not overturn the choice.
WILBUR’S NEW RESIDENCE
Wilbur’s new house is a potbellied pig boarding facility with about one hundred seventy five pigs on the farm.
The Lodge at Ross Mill Farm is a full-service 5000-sq.-foot facility solely for pet pigs. The Lodge’s foremost boarding constructing has many pens that every have their very own personal yard. Along with brief-time period, lengthy-time period and elder-care boarding, the power presents veterinarian providers, spa remedies and grooming.
Matteo stated it should value $600 a month to board Wilbur there.
She added that Wilbur has stayed at Ross Mill Farms when she has gone on trip. Whereas she finds consolation within the wonderful care that Wilbur will obtain on the facility, she is fast to notice that nothing can substitute the Nice Kills house he’s used to.
“I do know Wilbur is in good arms at Ross Mill Farms, however he shall be on a concrete flooring with a bunch of blankets in comparison with a pleasant heat mattress,” stated Matteo. “I wrap him up in a sleeping bag earlier than leaving for work and I’ll discover him in the identical spot once I get house from…