Prevented from laying down a bright-line holding as to whether Vietnamese potbellied pigs can be kept as pets in Philadelphia’s city limits, an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court has held that an illness-filled December does not excuse a small law firm’s monthlong delay in seeking to appeal a trial court decision.

According to the majority’s opinion in City of Philadelphia v. Tirrill, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Frank Palumbo had ruled in November 2005 that the pig housed at 4615 Penn St. in the Lower Northeast is a “farm animal” as defined by the city’s health code and thus not suitable for treatment as a domestic pet.

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