After pic in newspaper, Mankato woman at risk of losing her pet pig

She's launched a petition to save her pig, Lucy.
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What started as an innocuous, fun picture in the newspaper has turned into a battle to save a Mankato woman's pet pig.

Madeline Exline was recently photographed by a local newspaper walking her pot-bellied pig, Lucy, to get some ice cream.

But days after the picture appeared in print, she received a letter from the City of Mankato telling her that owning a pig is in violation of city code and she now has just 14 days to remove Lucy from city limits or face a fine.

She has launched a petition on Change.org, seeking support to keep a pig for which she has cared for almost four years.

"I am absolutely devastated and disgusted that they felt that they had to find me this way," she writes.

"We we're never hiding Lucy ! But we are going to fight this, Lucy is part of the family . She provides me with so much. I honestly don't know what I would do without her. She had changed my life in so many positive ways."

Exline says she has struggled with mental health issues in the past and refers to Lucy as her "companion animal."

Mankato city ordinance 9.61 bans swine ownership within city limits, unless they're within areas designated for agriculture, or licensed for use in a zoo, museum or an educational facility.

"She is a well trained loving girl!" Exline continues. "Not a swine that belongs in a zoo , a museum or an educational facility! 

"She belongs at home with me and her family that love her, and give her everything she need."

KARE 11 reports that Exline has a meeting with the city on Thursday morning.

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