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Hammy
Hammy

Tell me in 50 words or less how this big bones ole boy
would look at 70#'s??
 

He is down another 9 pounds and now is 149 and not going
to go any further.. as it will be unhealthy for him and
animal abuse charges for the owner.....

December 2013 Update

It is with Sadness that Hammey, the Commerce City potbelly pig that made headlines, for being the over weight pig after being in the same home for over 14 years, was being evicted and his eviction date was December 11, 2013.

On December 7th, 2013 he was diagnosed with renal failure and laid to rest in his only known home, and will remain there forever, as he will be cremated and returned to his home with Roy & Janice Hayes.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Hammey Fund for legal representation thru the Animal Law Center, also would like to thank the Animal Law Center for representing Hammey, as without their representation we would have never known how underhanded the Commerce City Animal Control with their cases and the City Council for just plan, "Not caring about the Potbelly Pigs in their City Limits." or even considering to update their way our of date City Ordinance concerning the potbelly pig.

Please remember Hammey for the difference that he tried to make in Ordinances of Commerce City for other Potbelly Pigs, and moSt of all Remember him for the gentle soul that he was and a family pet.

I am sitting here thinking as I type, In the end, Hammey gave it his all, and now there isn't anyone that can ever take him away from his forever home, as he is there for eternity.

I can also see him with his little wiggle butt, crossing Rainbow Bridge smiling and looking back at the people in Commerce City Law Enforcement, and saying to those who are welcoming him in heaven,

"My family gave it a good run" I'll be there forever, and those guys will be gone in a couple of years........maybe then I can make a difference for another potbelly pig.

Rest in Peace & know you will never be forgotten
Pig-A-Sus

Please check with www.pigasus.org for a memorial to Hammey in the next couple of weeks.....

June 14, 2013 Hammy Update

People have been asking why Hammey is still having to be gone.
AT THIS TIME THIS IS THE ONLY EXPLANATION THAT I HAVE

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Commerce City, Colorado has a very OUTDATED WEIGHT ORDINANCE (1994) OF 70 # LIMIT ON ALL POTBELLY PIGS. After the potbelly pig BREEDERS begin to try different breeding technology the potbelly pig is no longer the smaller version of the miniature domestic pig. Their weight varies from small (100 #'s to large boned potbelly pigs up to 300#'s) and now Commerce City is enforcing the 70# weight limits, which they saw Hammey 7 years ago and he was over the 70# limit at that time, but now there was a neighbor dispute and Hammey is the VICTIM. So we encourage all people in the Commerce City city limits to contact us so that you can be named in the up coming advisement while we have a lawyer retained SO PLEASE STEP FORWARD AND JOIN IN WITH HAMMEY & THE PIG-A-SUS TO MAKE IT SAFE FOR ALL OTHER PIGS IN COMMERCE CITY COLORADO.........PIG -A-SUS

June 12, 2013 Hammy Update

Hammey's happenings today June 12, 2013 in the Hammey vs. Commerce City Colorado court case.
With the help of the attorney, & the DA there was a plea bargain reached.
Now you will have to follow this real close:
Hammey was given a 6 month deferred sentence and on December 12, 2013 he will no longer be allowed in the City Limits of Commerce City ,Colorado. During this 6 month period NO FURTHER CHARGES CAN BE BROUGHT AGAINST HAMMEY OR HIS OWNER.

Janice the owner was give 12 month deferred sentence on the case, along with 12 hours of community service done at a listed Non-Profit, plus 25 $$ court fees, which have been paid, She for the 1st 6 months can have no new charges brought against her and the last 6 months, if there has been no changes made in the CURRENT ORDINANCE, and she brings Hammey back home in Commerce City, she will receive some jail time...
EVERY ONE AGREED UNER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THIS WAS THE BEST WAY TO GO.. SO THE CASE IS CLOSED IN THE CITY OF COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO.

THE OLD SAYING "IT ISN'T OVER UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS,
"WELL THIS ISN'T OVER UNTIL THE FAT PIG SQUEALS AND SINGS"
You will be able to follow this story on the web site www.pigasus.org
as soon as the next chapter is published which should be within the next 2 weeks,
Until then, we are placing an ad in the Commerce City newspaper asking that all person's living in the city limits of Commerce City who have potbelly pigs to PLEASE CONTACT THE PIGASUS @ PIGHOME96@AOL.COM
ALL CONTACT WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL BETWEEN SENDER AND PIGASUS, WE WANT YOUR PIG TO BE SAFE AND NOT ENDURE WHAT HAMMEY AND HIS FAMILY ARE GOING.
Sioux R. Bartels
Pig-A-Sus

June 6, 2013 Hammy Update

Hi everyone and 1st off "THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO THE HAMMEY FUND FOR THE GREAT ATTORNEY'S"
We are back in Court on Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 A.M.
We hope that we have a lot of followers with prayers and thoughts for Hammey.
Our Attorney's are awesome and have several plans to "run with". I CAN NOT ELIBRATE, AS THERE IS SOMEONE MONITORING MY WEB SITE AND MY FACE BOOK PAGES... BUT LIKE THEY SAY AT "ALLSTATE INSURANCE" WE ARE IN GOOD HANDS...
I personally do not see this as the end. That would be to easy and there are a lot of people in the justice system that DON'T WANT TO ADMIT THAT THEY ARE WRONG ON THIS CASE. SO HAMMEY IS THE VICTIM HERE...
I WILL POST WITH IN THE HOUR AFTER THE HEARING SO THAT EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT IS HAPPENING.
AGAIN, PRAYERS, THOUGHTS AND IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW LIVE IN THE DENVER METRO AREA PLEASE, PLEASE ATTEND, WE'D LOVE TO HAVE AS MANY ON BOARD AS POSSIBLE.. Pig-A-Sus

April 25, 2013 Hammy Update:

We, (myself & the Hayes family) spoke with the City Council on Monday, April the 15th, as their city council meetings are held on Monday nights, to see if we had been placed on the agenda to speak about the existing Potbelly Pig Ordinance regarding it being outdated and to shed current information and education on the Potbelly Pig and weight issue's. We (I made booklets 15 to be exact, and Mr. Hayes presented them to the council on March 4th for review.) Evidently that was not the case because: on our way to Commerce City for Hammey's hearing , Mr Hayes called very distraught, that he has just received an email copy of an InterOffice Memo to the City Manager from Patrol Division Commander Larry Woog, containing the information previously read in the post. Evidently they as government personal have more experience in the potbelly pig weight due to bone structure, age and enviroment, because they failed to contact any of the references that were provided such as veterinarians, rescue people, Veterinarian Universities etc. We gave excellent reference to education, but they choose to use other city ordinances.
So we were given no other CHOICE, but to attempt to obtain council to represent the Hayes family and Hammey.

The Animal Law Center located in Wheatridge, Colorado after several calls to the on the way to Commerce City did agree to be retained prior before going before the Judge.
When we arrived at the Court, we were ask to stand outside in the lobby, there were 11/12 people, plus Fox New 31 from Denver, The security officer then came back out and ask to speak ONLY to the Hayes family, WELL, that didn't fly,,,, at all. The Hayes and myself went in to speak with the DA.
As soon as we had gotten into his office he said, to start
DA: You are here to ask for a continence,
Hayes said , Yes we are,
DA: OK, may I ask why,
Hayes: Because of the Interoffice Memo that we received less than 24 hours before the trial, that says they are willing to DO NOTHING
DA: Have you already retained an attorney and who?
Hayes: I believe that Sioux is taking care of that.
Sioux: Animal Law Center out of Wheatridge
DA: Have you retained and met with them
Sioux: We are verbally retained and we meet with them when we leave here, depending on what the Judge says.
DA: Have a seat in the hearing room and I will be out

Judge calls the case:
Judge: Mrs. Hayes, why have you just decided to retain an attorney, we have given you one continuance already and I am not inclined to give another, and the DA does not recommend that we do either.
Hayes: Do to the interoffice memo that we received yesterday, we feel that we need an attorney to represent us to get a fair trial,
Judge: and you have contacted Animal Law Center?
Hayes; Yes
DA: ( motioning to the Bailiff) "get my guys in here" Referring to A/C
officers.
DA: Judge, in light of some new discovery that has just be brought to my attention, I feel now that maybe we should grant a continuance?
Judge: And what would that be?
DA: It seems that there is a TAPE RECORDED CONVERSATION BETWEEN ONE OF THE OFFICERS AND MS. HAYES?
Judge:Really
DA. So, I believe that we should grant Ms. Hayes a continuance?
Judge: After a minute or 2: Mrs. Hayes, Even if I were not going to grant you another continuance, Under the Law, I will have to do so at this time, do to there being new discovery what the DA was not aware of..
Do you by chance have the number for the Animal Law Center? I would like to talk to them and jointly set a date for trial?
Hayes: No sir, I do not, but I believe that Sioux does.
Judge: I just have the office out front call him and correspond a trial date Could you just sit in the lobby for a few minutes while we get this done?
Hayes: Yes sir, and thank you for the continuance>

When we got outside of the courtroom, I was furious.... They have known all along that they had this. They did not ask permission to tape any of the conversations that
Mrs Hays can remember. They did ask her permission to take a picture of Hammey.
In which the a/c officer referred to him as the "Hog" and in several written correspondence also as the hog...

So with this new development we did retain the attorney.
The Hayes family does not have enough money to pay for the attorney.
We have started a "Hammey Fund" thru www.pigasus.org and are accepting donations thru Pay Pal.
You will receive a tax deductible receipt from Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Education Health Center and a personal 'Thank You' from the Hayes family.
If you choose not to use pay pal, we will be receiving donations sent to Pig-A-Sus or Western Co, Potbelly Pig Education Health Center
506 S Road
Mack, Colorado
81525
attention: Hammey Fund

Thanks to all those who have helped with the petition and by word of mouth.
I will keep you posted on the upgrades. I believe that Hammey will be a "Happy Guy"
Yesterday weight 152 Pounds. from 165 in December, SO he is trying really hard to contribute to the weight issue....
Sioux

KDVR Video - click here!

April 23, 2013 Hammy Update:

Well hello everyone,
We are traveling to get to Commerce City when I got a phone call from the Hayes family,

The attached email was sent to them from the Commerce City city manager Brian McBroom from the PATROL DIVISION COMMANDER LARRY WOOG.

I spoke with the City Council Monday Morning and Mr. Hayes spoke with them Monday afternoon and they assured us that they did not have us on the agenda as of yet. Monday night, the 23 rd of April, was the study group for the city council this INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM was sent out on the 19th of April. So we received this email less than 24 hours before the "Hearing before the Judge" on the 24th at 10:30 A.M.

This is a horrible shock and kick back for Hammey trail by Judge tomorrow.

I have contacted The Animal Law Center in Westminster, Colorado, which consist of several different types of attorney's and they are willing to work with us. They feel that the Judge tomorrow will rule in the cities favor and Hammey will have to be removed as he was there 2 years after their Ordinance was put in place. Tomorrow we will appeal whatever comes forth and meet with the lawyers.

Click picture for larger version
Commerce City Potbellie Pig Ordinance

The Hayes family are just a common ordinary family and work everyday to maintain their family. They do not have money for this type of expense, but what they do have is UNIQUE LOVE for this Potbelly Pig Hammey and they are willing to do what ever is necessary for him to be able to live his life out where he has lived his whole life.

We will be accepting donations for Hammey thru our pay pal account,
Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Education Center, at www.pigasus.org

Please help with this. It is important that Commerce City knows that they are wrong and putting another animal in their city limits in jeopardy. If they won't use updated Ordinances and update Veterinarian information, why do they have animals at all allowed in their city?

Again all donations to the "SAVE HAMMEY FUND" will be give a tax donation receipt thru Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Education Health Center,

We need 1/2 for the retainer tomorrow by 3 p.m.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Sioux

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Hello Everyone,
The court date is scheduled to go on as planned.
April 24, 10:30 A.M. Wednesday

Address to court house is:
7887 E 60TH AVE
COMMERCE CITY CO. 80022

My cell 970-985-5661 I will have it with me at the Court House if you get lost. I'm sure someone will be able to direct you.

One thing that is very important: We submitted a request in person on March 4th at the City Council meeting to be put on the agenda to address their "Out of Date Ordinance regarding Potbelly Pig and particularly the weight issue." We have heard nothing from the City Council and have been calling every week asking if we are on the Agenda. with no results.

This does not seem quite far to the Potbelly Pig nor the people who own potbelly pigs. This is a whole new subject for discussion. Hopefully the Judge can shed some input on the City Council and in his decision let Hammey
enjoy the rest of his life with the only family that he has ever known.

Thank you for your support in the "Unnecessary Court Hearing" and if you and your friends have not signed the attached petition Please for Hammey's sake take 5 minutes and do so.


Keep Hammy at Home... 
Click and Sign the Petition Today!


Hammey the 14 year old potbelly pig living in Commerce City, has been issued a warning violation due to over weight. He has been living at the same residence for the last 14 years. Due to genetics, not the care of the animal, he has exceeded the weight limit imposed in 1994 of 70 pounds when the ordnance was passed to allow potbelly pigs as household pets.
Right now I am so upset with the way things are going. I received an email today from the Assistant City Attorney Gregg Graham, from Commerce City, stating that I would have to contact the City Manager
McBroom, as he is in charge of things like this.

Ms. Robbins-Bartels,

Thank you for the information regarding the pot-bellied pig owned by Roy and Janice Hayes and known as “Hammy.” As you are aware, the law in Commerce City is that pot-bellied pigs cannot exceed 70 lbs. Please understand that whether or not one may consider the 70lb limit to be unreasonable does not impact the City’s enforcement of the law, and neither the City Attorney’s Office nor the City’s Animal Control Agents are authorized to ignore the law. Additionally, because the Hayes’ are not themselves a bona fide research institution, their affiliation with your group does not exempt them from the City’s pot-bellied pig requirements.

The City’s specific pot-bellied pig requirements have been on the books since 1994. Prior to that time, pot-bellied pigs were considered livestock and were prohibited in residential neighborhoods. Thus, the current law regarding pot-bellied pigs was in effect even when the Hayes’ obtain their first pot-bellied pig in 1995. The fact that Animal Control may not have been aware of a violation, regardless of how long that violation existed, does not exempt the Hayes’ from enforcement of the law. Pot-bellied pigs exceeding 70 lbs are just as illegal now as they were then.

I would recommend that you contact City Manager Brian McBroom if you wish to change the weight limitation in the City’s ordinance. Please be aware that an ordinance change typically takes 8 – 10 weeks, although occasionally a change can get pushed through in a little less time. It is my understanding, however, that the Hayes’ have only another 8 – 10 days to comply with the order from Animal Control Agent Madrid. Mr. McBroom can be reached at 303-227-8814.

Sincerely,
Greg Graham
Assistant City Attorney
City of Commerce City
303.289.3604


I forward the email to the Hayes family and informed them that we were waiting for a return call from the City Manager Office,
to see if we could resolve this matter, which by the way never came today.

I just got home from attending a BLM meeting and was greeted by this message from the Hayes Family.

"We cannot bear to see their beloved Hammey possibly taken from his only home for the last 14 years, due to a new neighbor conflict,
drawing attention to their house pet and being placed in a facility that is not acceptable for anything but dogs and cats."

Hammey the potbelly pig,was issued a warning to be removed from the home within 10 days, due to the fact that his weight was out of compliance. His current weight is 130 pounds, with bone density to that of a St. Bernard dog. His normal weight should be another 15 to 20 pounds for his bone structure. The City of Commerce City, Assistant City Attorney today in his response was pretty negative that they were not interested in updating their so very outdated and incorrect ordnance, that the Hayes family has chosen to have their beloved pet of 14 years euthanized and not risk the fact that they have to have him taken from their home for something that is not the potbelly pigs, nor their fault.

It is the fault of the people who compose the ordnances, who do not do their homework and information on what they are making laws from. This ordnance was approved in 1994, 18 YEARS AGO,
when there was still a chance that an original potbelly pig may have a slight chance of survival, under nourished or on a starvation diet to keep them small and even at that time the normal weight was a 100# PLUS, depending on genetics, There are many breeds of dogs that over the 70 Pound limit, but do you see them being sited for non compliance on weight issues? WEIGHT FACTOR IN A POTBELLY PIG IS LIKE IN A HUMAN, GENETIC Remember for those of you who are not familiar with the genetic of a swine, rather potbelly pig or domestic pig, they are the closest to the human being. This is why different breeds of swine, (Potbelly pig included, Gottenberg pigs, Yucatan are used in Medical research, they are comparison to the human).
From talking to Officer Madrid, a Animal Control Officer from Commerce City and the email from the attorney's office I do not see much hope that we can save Hammey's and let him continue to live his life in a home of love and protection., We at the Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary, do commend the Hayes family for not wanting to subject their beloved pet to the justice system, that will do nothing to improve the betterment of life for the potbelly pigs in their city.
I am sure that the many other Potbelly Pigs located in this city will come forth and there will be more rebuttal.
The Hayes family has ask that I contact a local vet to come to their home, so that Hammey does not have the stress of being displaced and traumatized in his final hours.

It is very troublesome for me, that being Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Educational Health Center located on the Western Slope and Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary for the Potbelly Pig, that the Cities who have given approval for the Potbelly Pig as a household pet, will not contact us for information or ask for referral to CSU Veterinary School of Medicine or Local Potbelly Pig Veterinarians who care for these animals and have the expertise to help make correct laws and not have to be the one to come and correct someone else mistake from not having correct information in the first place, but doing the most unthinkable deed of euthanizing a perfectly loved and cared for pet.

I will commend the town of Parker, Colorado, as in 2010, we worked hand in hand with their city council and city attorney to present an ordnance that all could live with and the weight limit was set at 150 pounds which is very close to the weight of an adult potbelly pig. It was an honor to work with a City Council, in which the members did their own research after the first meeting and presented us with their questions and concerns. PLUS, any potbelly pig that was at that time located in their city limits was given 30 days to come forth, be registered, pay the fee and be put under a "Grand fathered Clause", which by the way, DOES NOT EXCLUDE them from being ticketed on issues, but does acknowledge the weight factor and vaccination records.

For further comment on this matter, please feel free to contact the
Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary or Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Education Health Center, 970-858-9628 or 970-985-5661 or by email, with Hammey in the subject line at pighome96@aol.com. Please also feel free to contact thru the web site www.pigasus.org and all responses will be forward to the Hayes Family.and updates will be carried on www.pigasus.org
Sioux Robbins-Bartels
owner/director
Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary
&
Western Colorado Potbelly Pig
Education Health Center

RESPONSE FROM THE HAYES FAMILY:
"We do acknowledge that Hammey, our beloved potbelly pig of 14 years, is overweight according to the written ordnance of Commerce City, Colorado.. We have had him on corrective diets since 2007, under the direction of veterinarians and Western Colorado Potbelly Pig Education Health Center. There is not an ounce of fat on him. His bone structure is extremely large and has been his entire life. We would like to thank all of those who have come forth, prepared to fight this battle for Hammey, but we would like him to "Cross over to Rainbow Bridge" with the dignity that he so deserves, not the reminder of someone else ignorance that has cost him his life."
The Hayes Family
Children & Grand Children

LATEST UPDATE!

Animal Control officers (2) returned to Hammey's residence on Sunday December 2, 2012.

We're invited in by owner, Janice Hayes.They discussed Hammey weight again and told her that there had been "NO DECISION ON THE ORDINANCE VIOLATION" and she would be receiving a SUMMONS in the next 10 days for court appearance.

Will post immediately when summons arrives, so we can help HAMMEY, who by the way has lost:

8 BIG POUNDS IN 2.5 MONTHS
WATCH FOR UPDATE AROUND THE 12TH

     
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