Brockton: Judge sides with city officials, upholds ruling that man’s pig must go

Ruiz and city officials are seated during a court hearing infront of Magistrate Kevin Creedon inside Brockton District Court back in April 2012.

A Brockton man, who was issued a citation by city officials earlier this year after his pet pig escaped, is being told the little piggy now must go;  this, according to a judge.

Tony Ruiz promised a clerk magistrate in April that he would tighten the reins on a pot belly pig that he and his family call “Pork Chop, but now a judge has upheld a revocation of the pig’s permit.

Brockton Executive Health Officer Lou Tartaglia says previous permission granted to Tony Ruiz for his pet pig have been revoked, and an order by the city’s health board has been upheld by a judge.

Ruiz, in a court magistrate’s hearing in April, after being issued a citation after the pig  escaped, told Magistrate Kevin Creedon, he planned to keep “Pork Chop” under control for fear of losing the pig as a pet.

Creedon, in April, continued the case for 6 months and if “Pork Chop” stayed out of trouble, the case would be dismissed.

Tartaglia estimated “Pork Chop” had escaped at least 15 times, and it was causing a nuisance and was becoming a safety issue.

Tartaglia says “Pork Chop”  has been ordered held in the city’s animal control facility on Court Street until next Thursday, or until Ruiz finds a location for the pig outside of the city. If Ruiz can’t find a place. the city will do it for him.

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