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St. Petersburg man fighting to keep unusual pets

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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.

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