Published: Sep 14, 2010 11:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2010 7:44 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Pot belly pigs are now considered domestic animals in Cape Coral, but one city leader says the problem could be larger in the future.

The change was approved 5-3, allowing Cape Coral residents to own a pot belly pig and even treat them like dogs and cats.

"Cape Coral made a commitment 2 years ago to be a residential community, not Green Acres," said McGrail.

The councilman also fears that people will eventually get fed up with the large animals, disgarding them and letting them run wild - creating a situation similar to the area's monitor lizard surplus.

"If we have irresponsible pot belly pig owners, am I going to find those pigs running in the north cape wild," said McGrail.

But is the Cape ready for domesticated pigs? WINK news went to one pet store that had guinnea pigs, but no pot bellies or pig food.

"Its an individual choice but I have consideration for my neighbors," said Marie Billiter, a cat owner.

The change was approved 5-3, allowing Cape Coral residents to own a pot belly pig and even treat them like dogs and cats.