Redland Homeowner Gears Up For A Pot Bellied Pig Fight

REDLAND (CBS4) –  A woman in Redland has received a fine for her pet pigs and county officials say she’ll continue to rack them up until she agrees to let the animals go.

Marcia Fuste has been fined $500 by Miami-Dade County Code Enforcement for three pot belly pigs that live on her one-acre farm.

The three pigs named Sophia, Chongi and Jibiri have lived on Fueste’s property for more than a year-and-a-half.

“They’re amazing,” said Fuste.  “They make you laugh and they’re so loveable.”

But the 53-year-old farm owner said the county has told her to get rid of the pigs.

“It blew my mind, I cried and cried,” said Fuste. I begged the man and said, ‘Please, please, these are my babies.'”

But according to Miami-Dade County, it’s against code for the pigs to live on Fuste’s property because her land is zoned for agriculture.  Now she is fighting to keep and continue loving her three pet pot belly pigs.

“They’re pets and they’re like dogs,” said Fuste. “It’s like having a dog with a different personality and different little body.”

Fueste says she’ll do anything to keep the animals.  The county says she’ll need to request a public hearing and ask for a special exception to keep the pigs, although Fuste says she can’t afford the legal fees to win the fight.

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  1. BreAnna says:

    pot bellied pigs make great pets. I know you think of a pig you think there dirty they are not. A pig can be trained just like a dog.
    I had a pot belly for many years and she was so loving, and fun.
    I hope this lady gets to keep her pigs. Pigs make awsome pets and enrich your life and your heart.

  2. Denise Sovacool Jemeson says:

    code enforcement works if they are not paid off! Took our neighborhood seven years to shut down an illegall cabinet shop…but can’t shut the same people for their illegal efficiecies/apartments…..go to zillow and the site to sell….16555 SW 197 ter..what.. NO APARTMENTS??? REALLY, code enforcement…get a grip,,,illegal strutures, fines , no permits are worth so much more money than a pot belly pig! unless someone is still beingpaid off! Good luck on your pet…

  3. patrick A. says:

    She needs to get a Phreaking Life.

    1. Mike says:

      Why does she need to get a life? Its her private property, she’s done nothing to endanger her neighbors, the land is zoned for agriculture, etc.
      Are you ok with an overreaching government telling this woman what she can / cannot do on her private property?

      1. Sal says:

        Mike
        Why does she need to get a life? Its her private property, she’s done nothing to endanger her neighbors, the land is zoned for agriculture, etc.
        Are you ok with an overreaching government telling this woman what she can / cannot do on her private property
        ———————–
        Years ago Pot belly pigs were very popular in Florida ESP Miami. My neighbor had one till she passed away of old age. Great animal and I used to feed her apples,vegetable with my neighbors permission through the fence.
        Than the law was changed so that you needed a certain amount of room for a potbelly which makes sense.
        My neighbor has the room so no problem.
        Than the state added new laws which simply are used to force people to buy permits and if your land is not zoned as live stock but you have the room for pot belly you can pay a Florida extortion fee and get a special permit.
        A state with no state tax resorts to extortion,etc.

    2. Char says:

      Patrick – you need to learn how to spell. You also need to grow a heart.

  4. Mary says:

    They need to leave her alone!!! She lives on a one acre farm in the Redlands. Who is she bothering? I can see if she lived in the city with neighbors close by.

  5. thomas says:

    Let me see,… it is zoned for agriculture and pigs of any kind are considered livestock which fall under agriculture. Am I missing something here?

    1. Lollipoop says:

      Not sure on the specifics for this area, but generally land being zoned “agriculture” refers to being zoned for growing plants, veggies, etc. I am assuming that the Miami-Dade is taking issue because her land is not zoned for livestock. However, pot-bellied pigs have long been kept as pets, are easily domesticated, and should not be considered livestock.

  6. kasey says:

    My family went through this in the early 2000’s in Las Vegas with our HOA. We moved into a new subdivision and was assured that our pot-bellied pig Tina would be fine under the CCRs. However, a neighbor behind us started complaining that our yard smelled and we didn’t clean up after her. Which was un true. Our other neighbors to the sides of us never smelled anything and we always made sure to scoop up her poop (which is like dog poop) up and bag it. So the HOA told us we had 10 days to get rid of her. Now you can barely get rid of a dog in 10 days let along a PBP. Long story short we fought it, ended up on the news, had a PBP association member come and talk to the residence and ended up having our community vote to change the CCRS to include exotic pets. We won and got to keep her. The HOA found that the neighbor’s complaints were unwarranted, especially after an impromptu visit to our spic-and-span house. I hope something happens where this lady is able to keep her piggies. They are great pets🙂

    1. hoaguy says:

      As a manager of HOAs, I like this comment. HOAs come with rules, and if you don’t like them, either don’t move there or do what kasey did and GET THE RULES CHANGED! But don’t complain about following the rules themselves. If the Board of Directors or the managing agent selectively chose which rules to enforce and which to ignore (or even worse, applied rules against some residents and not others), the members of that HOA would be in an uproar and likely sue!

  7. Anders says:

    Yet another example of how the US is gradually turning in to the USSR. Or worse. Law enforcement sure knows how to crack down on regular people whith pot belly pigs, but if you steal billions of tax payer dollars you need not worry.

  8. Mel says:

    I don’t understand. The pigs are on a farm and not in the city. Since when are you not allowed to keep pigs on a farm?

  9. Sal says:

    Mel

    I don’t understand. The pigs are on a farm and not in the city. Since when are you not allowed to keep pigs on a farm?

    ——————–
    Florida is a smoke and mirrors state. We do not pay state tax which is why the state looks for any reason they can to fine people , charge for what other states DO NOT charge for and insanely high property tax.
    Years ago on one acre you could keep pot belly pigs but now you need a pricey permit .

  10. Sal says:

    thomas

    Let me see,… it is zoned for agriculture and pigs of any kind are considered livestock which fall under agriculture. Am I missing something here?

    —————–
    The corrupt banana republic known as Miami is in dire need of money and fines and NEW expensive permits are the answer.

  11. Sal says:

    Anders

    Yet another example of how the US is gradually turning in to the USSR. Or worse. Law enforcement sure knows how to crack down on regular people whith pot belly pigs, but if you steal billions of tax payer dollars you need not worry.

    ———————-
    I agree ESP since she has 1 acre and zoned for agriculture and that area is farm land so not like her neighbor has any contact with the potbellys.
    Keep in mind all these new laws which can be by-passed with expensive permits in Florida have come from republicans who have run the state and Miami in last 10 yrs NOT Democrats.

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