By Associated Press - Thursday, September 21, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A proposal that would allow pig pals and mule mates to join man’s best friend in keeping Wilmington residents company has been withdrawn.

The city council was scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposed ordinance allowing certain animals normally associated with rural life to be kept within the city limits if they serve as support animals for people with disabilities. But the sponsor pulled the proposal from the agenda Thursday evening.

The ordinance said that while a support animal may not be a traditional pet, it must be domesticated and prescribed or recommended by a physician or psychologist in relation to the treatment of a disability.

The list of animals currently prohibited in the city includes chickens, roosters, ducks, geese, pigs, hogs, donkeys, mules, horses, cattle, goats, sheep and oxen.

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