Marine vet told to get rid of emotional support potbelly pigs

WATCH: Marine vet told to get rid of emotional support potbelly pigs

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Tony Shelley's pet potbelly pigs are affectionately named Kevin Bacon and Zoey Hamilton.

Or ham and bacon if you will.

Shelley told us these are no ordinary pigs.

Content Continues Below

They are pigs that help this Marine Corps Combat Veteran deal with trauma.

“They help calm me down, they are emotional support pigs, and i enjoy their company,” he said. “I have had them for 5 years and these pigs are like family.”

Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips told us that there is an ordinance against keeping farm animals on small acreage in the city.

Combat Veteran says his pet pigs are emotional support pigs. The city of Olive Branch says a judge will have to decide if the pigs can stay or go. Story at 6:15.

Posted by Tom Dees FOX13 Memphis on Friday, December 6, 2019

He also said there have been complaints about a smell coming from Shelley’s property.

Shelley said, yes, his lot is only half an acre but there is no smell.

“No sir, I clean very often and none of the neighbors have complained,” he said. “I lay down fresh straw.”

Shelley told us he has been told to get rid of the pigs before Dec. 14, or the city will take them.

Mayor Phillips told FOX13 he will meet with Shelley next week but ultimately whether the pigs can stay will have to be decided by a judge.

He ultimately hopes the city sees things his way and ultimately, he is allowed to keep the pigs.

“My hope is that ultimately these pigs can be grandfathered in and not be prosecuted for just being pigs,” he said.