Sheldon The Pig Forced Out of Somers Point Home
Sheldon the Pig has been evicted from his home.
You might remember little Sheldon - the little pig who sparked a controversy in Somers Point last fall when city authorities threatened to get rid of Sheldon, after his owner violated ordinances by keeping him within the city limits.
After retaining the pro bono services of a lawyer, Sheldon's owner Susannah Slaughter was able to keep Sheldon as long as she applied for a variance that kept everything legal with the city's zoning requirements.
The problem now is that Slaughter failed to obtain that variance - and pay for the costs associated with it.
Here's a statement posted on the Operation Save Sheldon Facebook Page:
I am severely ashamed to be a resident of the town of SOMERS POINT. Ruling: $1000 fine in addition to a fine every day he is in my residence. For those that thought I was in the wrong by not paying my way out of this
one when a false back end deal with the president of the scandalous Somers Point Zoning Board was made, and felt the need to post regarding how I was
trying to be an exception to the rule and be above the law...
THE ZONING BOARD HAD NO INTENTION OF APPROVING THE VARIANCE THAT I HAD
STARTED TO APPLY FOR!!!!! IT WAS ONLY A CHANCE FOR ME TO "BUY" MYSELF MORE
TIME TO FIGHT AND APPEAL.
$750.00 variance application,
$500.00 city engineer escrow,
$400.00 property survey,
$100.00 tax record.
There's no word on the current whereabouts of Somers Point's most notable little pig. Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise funds to somehow support the cause - although the page doesn't specify what the money will be used for.
Stay tuned. Eat more bacon.