April 25, 2013 Hammy Update:
CONTINUANCE UNTIL JUNE 12,2013
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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outdated and to shed current information and education on the Potbelly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?
DA: ( motioning to the Bailiff) "get my guys in here" Referring to A/C
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?
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
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
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
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
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
attention: Hammey Fund
Thanks to all those who have helped with the petition and by word of
I will keep you posted on the upgrades. I believe that Hammey will be a
Yesterday weight 152 Pounds. from 165 in December, SO he is trying
really hard to contribute to the weight issue....
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
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.
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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
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
We need 1/2 for the retainer tomorrow by 3 p.m.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Address to court house is:
The court date is scheduled to go on as planned.
April 24, 10:30 A.M. Wednesday
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
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
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!