Sherwood Park pig owner to return Pride of Strathcona award until the county lets her pet stay

Michelle Kropp and her daughter Jayme Granberg, 10, play with pot-bellied pig Eli, on the front...

Michelle Kropp and her daughter Jayme Granberg, 10, play with pot-bellied pig Eli, on the front porch of their home in Sherwood Park, Alta., on June 3, 2014. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

Kevin Maimann, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

A woman whose pet pig is being ordered out of her Sherwood Park home says she will return two awards the county gave her for her animal-assisted therapy work.

Strathcona County bylaw officers have told Michelle Kropp that her family's pot-bellied pig Eli needs to be out by Wednesday.

Eli has worked as a therapy animal with cancer patients and the county honoured Kropp in the past with a Mayor's Award and a Pride of Strathcona Award.

"I'm going to the mayor's office myself tomorrow to return by Mayor's Award and my community pride award," Kropp said Sunday.

"This is just insanity. I don't know how to boldly say anything more than, 'Take this back.'"

Kropp and her family brought Eli, a pig they adopted when he was orphaned, with them when they moved into their home on Clearwater Lane.

Eli lived with the family in their previous home in town and no one said anything, despite a county bylaw that prohibits pigs living in homes in urban areas.


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