East-end couple will get to keep their pet pig

An east-end Montreal couple will get to keep their beloved mini-pig Babe after all.

Earlier this month, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve residents Mario Ramos and his wife, Sara-Maude Ravenelle, were told by a city inspector they had 15 days to find a new home for Babe, their 60-pound pet pig, or face penalties.

A citizen had apparently complained about Babe's presence in the neighborhood.

But on Monday, local borough mayor Pierre-Lessard Blais, along with Craig Sauvé, the councillor responsible for the upcoming revision of the city's animal control bylaw, went to the couple's home to tell them the good news.

They had previously lived in the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough, where the mayor, François Croteau, confirmed to the couple in writing that they were allowed to keep the pig.

A petition launched by the couple drew more than 3,000 signatures in favor of allowing Ramos and Ravenelle to keep Babe.

Details of the city's brand new animal control bylaw are expected to be made known within a few weeks.