district resident Rhonda Kess, who owns two pygmy goats. Kess had
lobbied to have the city's code changed so that she could keep her
pets , saying that the animals make good companions for horses.
"I think that horse owners are going to look at this and say,
'That's cool,' " she said Tuesday after the council vote. "They want
the best life and environment for their horse. It's also going to
show that the Glendale City Council is sympathetic to animals."
Jokes flew back and forth among council members about the issue,
with audience members laughing at the pygmy goat, pot-bellied pig
Kess, who has owned her goats Lucy and Ricky for 2 1/2 years, said
she thought the issue was a serious example of democracy at work.
"I know some people thought it was funny, but it's not," she said.
"I think this is representative that the process works and that one
citizen without any background in city government can make a
According to the ordinance, the animals will be allowed as pets in
the horse overlay zone as long as certain conditions are met.
Restrictions include a permit requirement that ensures the pets are
registered pygmy goats and pot-bellied pigs, neutering and proper
care. The pets would be allowed only in single-family homes in the
Resident Margaret Hammond objected to changing the city's code,
saying the new law, partnered with the fact that fences are also
allowed only in the Rancho district, would be a further display of
favoritism toward one part of Glendale.
"You keep allowing specific areas privileges you don't allow the
rest of the city to have," she said. "I don't want pot-bellied pigs
or goats, but nevertheless, I want the right to have them."