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Australia Families fight to keep their pets Capudo the alpaca and Rocky the pig at their homes as suburban council plans ban on farmyard animals

22:45  06 december  2019
22:45  06 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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a llama wearing a scarf and standing in front of a door: Capudo the alpaca (pictured) could be ripped from his family home under new Northern Beaches Council regulations to ban farm animals from residential blocks© Provided by Daily Mail Capudo the alpaca (pictured) could be ripped from his family home under new Northern Beaches Council regulations to ban farm animals from residential blocks Two families are fighting to hold on to their beloved pets as their council considers banning farm-yard animals from residential blocks.

Rocky the pig lived in a Brookvale apartment until he was adopted as a piglet by the Carters and taken to live at their Newport home, in Sydney's northern beaches.

Calpudo the alpaca, of the Douglas family, has lived five kilometres south in Newport, since 2017 when he was rescued from a farm after his mother died.

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a man wearing a hat and glasses: Felicity Douglas said the Douglas clan's youngest family member is loved by the community and brings a smile to everyone's face© Provided by Daily Mail Felicity Douglas said the Douglas clan's youngest family member is loved by the community and brings a smile to everyone's face But the Carters and Douglases have been left devastated after receiving letters from the Northern Beaches council giving them 28 days to remove their furred family members from their properties.

'We are absolutely gutted,' Mother Tammy Carter, told A Current Affair on Friday.

'I know to the council he's just a pig, but to us he isn't, he's part of the family,' she said.

Both families said their animals have never had complaints and are star attractions within their suburbs, loved by all the locals.

Capudo's 'mum' Felicity Douglas said he was a regular visitor at the local schools and brings happiness to those with dementia in nursing homes.

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The Douglas and Carter families are now seeking ways to keep their 'babies of the family' at home.

a little boy sitting at a zoo: Rocky the pig's 'mum'  Tammy Carter said she was 'gutted' at the prospect of her 'baby' being relocated© Provided by Daily Mail Rocky the pig's 'mum'  Tammy Carter said she was 'gutted' at the prospect of her 'baby' being relocated

Chief executive officer Ray Brownlee said the Council was looking at alternative application options for families wishing to keep domesticated barn animals.

'We are looking at ways people may be able to request consideration for unique circumstances where they can show their animal will not adversely affect their neighbours or wider community,' he said.

The council is set to make a decision on the draft policy in early 2020.

While pet-owners can legally keep pigs as pets in NSW, local councils have the power to prohibit the keeping of pigs in suburban areas under section 124 Local Government Act 1993.

Some native animals, such as snakes, lizards, frogs and birds, can be kept as pets in NSW if the owner obtains a biodiversity conservation licence.

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