St. Petersburg man fighting to keep unusual pets - WFLA News Channel 8

St. Petersburg man fighting to keep unusual pets

Posted: Updated:
Winston Fiore with his pets; Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep and Gabby, a Nigerian Dwarf Goat. Winston Fiore with his pets; Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep and Gabby, a Nigerian Dwarf Goat.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - The city of St. Petersburg is allowing a resident to keep his grazing pets, for now.

When Winston Fiore purchased his pets, Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep and Gabby, a Nigerian Dwarf Goat, he checked with his St. Petersburg neighbors to make sure they would approve.  

But earlier this month, a code enforcement officer checking the property behind him saw the animals.  Fiore received a violation notice citing a city ordinance that goats, horses, mules or cattle must not be kept in a residential zoning district within 100 feet of any other residence.

In a letter to code enforcement, Fiore explained the animals are a big hit with the neighborhood children and are helping him control the overgrown grass and brush in his backyard from the previous tenant.
 
Fiore appealed to St. Petersburg City Council this week.  He mentioned that the animals would not grow anymore, and that they would remain much smaller than a pot bellied pig, which can grow to 100 pounds.  The pigs are exempt from the ordinance.

The council told Fiore the city is exploring a change to its ordinance and looking into an Urban Farming policy. The first meeting is next week.  

Fiore was given another 30 days reprieve for his pets, until he finds out whether the city will exempt his animals under the proposed ordinance.

Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
  
  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • NewsMore>>

  • Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested

    Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:50:05 GMT
    Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.
    Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.
  • Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video

    Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:49:08 GMT
    Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy FacebookPhoto of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook
    A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student.
    A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student.
  • Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair

    Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:43:59 GMT
    Jessica SeamanJessica Seaman
    A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ...
    A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ...
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.