Owner of Pontypool travel agent takes her pet pig to work every day

Jetaways business owner Kelly Dommett brings her miniature Gloucestershire Black Spot pig named Dotty with her to work. Pictured is Kelly with Dotty inside her holiday bookings shop. (7735310)

Jetaways business owner Kelly Dommett brings her miniature Gloucestershire Black Spot pig named Dotty with her to work. Pictured is Kelly receiving a kiss off Dotty. (7735306)

Jetaways business owner Kelly Dommett brings her miniature Gloucestershire Black Spot pig named Dotty with her to work. Pictured is Dotty relaxing in the shop. (7735368)

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NEVER mind Babe, Pontypool has its own pampered pig who accompanies her travel agent owner to work.

Dotty, a 15-month-old micro pig, has become a favourite member of staff at Jet Aways travel agency in Pontypool since owner Kelly Dommett started taking her along to the office.

After being told that micro pigs are known for their intelligence and crave companionship, Mrs Dommett and her husband Roger decided leaving Dotty home alone all day wasn’t an option. So now she has her own space on the premises where passers-by frequently pop in to say hello.

She even owns her own T-shirts and has a pink collar with her name in diamantés.

Mrs Dommett said: “She comes with me in the car and then walks on a lead to the office.

“People are always surprised when they see her and come over to make a fuss of her.”

With the potential to live up to 25 years Dotty will have to wait a long time for retirement, but in the meantime she’s quite content lounging in the office.

The couple decided to purchase Dotty after Mr Dommett saw micro pigs being bred while on his post round. Mrs Dommett said: “I never thought we would end up getting a pig, but I gave in to Roger and now I don’t know what I would do without Dotty.

“She’s like a dog, following me around. She comes to her name and does tricks, such as standing on her back legs, in return for grapes.”

Dotty is described as very laid back and is always wanting a cuddle.

She currently weighs about two stone and is the same size as a small dog.

But an adult micro pig can weigh just under five stone and stand up to 30cm high.

Mrs Dommett said Dotty is the perfect pet as a well-kept micro pig is clean and odourless.

She added: “She is not a farmyard animal — I don’t even think she could live outside. She has become one of the family and everyone loves her.”

Dotty goes to the toilet outside like a dog and is cleaned up after by Mrs Dommett.

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9:33am Thu 3 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

I hope that she has obtained a pig walking licence, otherwise she may find Trading Standards, Animal Health, knocking at her door as a result of your publicity!
I hope that she has obtained a pig walking licence, otherwise she may find Trading Standards, Animal Health, knocking at her door as a result of your publicity! Petrus Barba
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9:46am Thu 3 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

slow news day SWA?
slow news day SWA? inkyskin
  • Score: -3

10:39am Thu 3 Jul 14

myopinion1988 says...

This makes headline news!!??
There is more entertainment in reading the viewers comments than these boring articles
This makes headline news!!?? There is more entertainment in reading the viewers comments than these boring articles myopinion1988
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Thu 3 Jul 14

throwy1 says...

Danisssshhhhhhhh sizzle
Danisssshhhhhhhh sizzle throwy1
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12:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

golfer says...

That's disgusting to have in work ..glad I don't have to put up with that
That's disgusting to have in work ..glad I don't have to put up with that golfer
  • Score: -3

2:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Flash heart says...

Is that a pot belly?
Is that a pot belly? Flash heart
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Thu 3 Jul 14

endthelies says...

golfer wrote:
That's disgusting to have in work ..glad I don't have to put up with that
Why is it disgusting? Are you afraid of catching something because you can get an oinkment for that :-)
[quote][p][bold]golfer[/bold] wrote: That's disgusting to have in work ..glad I don't have to put up with that[/p][/quote]Why is it disgusting? Are you afraid of catching something because you can get an oinkment for that :-) endthelies
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9:03am Fri 4 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

Petrus Barba wrote:
I hope that she has obtained a pig walking licence, otherwise she may find Trading Standards, Animal Health, knocking at her door as a result of your publicity!
I forgot to mention in my original comment that it is, 'Gloucester Old Spot', not 'Gloucestershire Black Spot' (have you been reading Treasure Island recently?).
[quote][p][bold]Petrus Barba[/bold] wrote: I hope that she has obtained a pig walking licence, otherwise she may find Trading Standards, Animal Health, knocking at her door as a result of your publicity![/p][/quote]I forgot to mention in my original comment that it is, 'Gloucester Old Spot', not 'Gloucestershire Black Spot' (have you been reading Treasure Island recently?). Petrus Barba
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10:13am Fri 4 Jul 14

Super-Luce says...

"To apply for a licence you will need to
submit a proposed walking route for
assessment by one of our Veterinary
Officers. If they believe your route risks
spreading disease, for example, due to
the proximity of a livestock market, high
health status pig farm or fast food outlets,
your application will be rejected and you
will be asked to provide an amended or
alternative route."

From: http://www.defra.gov
.uk/ahvla-en/files/p
ub-pigs-micro-pet.pd
f

Ive seen her in Pontypool, she walks past a chipp shop and Greggs atleast.
"To apply for a licence you will need to submit a proposed walking route for assessment by one of our Veterinary Officers. If they believe your route risks spreading disease, for example, due to the proximity of a livestock market, high health status pig farm or fast food outlets, your application will be rejected and you will be asked to provide an amended or alternative route." From: http://www.defra.gov .uk/ahvla-en/files/p ub-pigs-micro-pet.pd f Ive seen her in Pontypool, she walks past a chipp shop and Greggs atleast. Super-Luce
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11:44am Fri 4 Jul 14

endthelies says...

Does the pig go in and order his large portion of chip with a steak bake! Honestly, there are dogs that carry more disease walking down the street than this well looked after pig.
Does the pig go in and order his large portion of chip with a steak bake! Honestly, there are dogs that carry more disease walking down the street than this well looked after pig. endthelies
  • Score: -1

1:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Super-Luce says...

Doesnt matter, she has to have a license. If youve got a problem with the legislation take it up with Defra :)
Doesnt matter, she has to have a license. If youve got a problem with the legislation take it up with Defra :) Super-Luce
  • Score: -2

3:08pm Fri 4 Jul 14

endthelies says...

Super-Luce wrote:
Doesnt matter, she has to have a license. If youve got a problem with the legislation take it up with Defra :)
Who says she hasn't got a licence!
[quote][p][bold]Super-Luce[/bold] wrote: Doesnt matter, she has to have a license. If youve got a problem with the legislation take it up with Defra :)[/p][/quote]Who says she hasn't got a licence! endthelies
  • Score: 1

3:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

endthelies wrote:
Super-Luce wrote:
Doesnt matter, she has to have a license. If youve got a problem with the legislation take it up with Defra :)
Who says she hasn't got a licence!
Well, for one thing, the article states that the owner transports the pig in her car. As part of the relevant legislation specifies that the transport must be suitable (i.e. a trailer or similar) and easily cleaned and disinfected, it appears that the owner is either ignoring, or is blissfully unaware, of the obligations imposed on pig keepers. There are good and valid reasons for these regulations.

The last thing we farmers need is another Great Foot & Mouth fiasco!
[quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super-Luce[/bold] wrote: Doesnt matter, she has to have a license. If youve got a problem with the legislation take it up with Defra :)[/p][/quote]Who says she hasn't got a licence![/p][/quote]Well, for one thing, the article states that the owner transports the pig in her car. As part of the relevant legislation specifies that the transport must be suitable (i.e. a trailer or similar) and easily cleaned and disinfected, it appears that the owner is either ignoring, or is blissfully unaware, of the obligations imposed on pig keepers. There are good and valid reasons for these regulations. The last thing we farmers need is another Great Foot & Mouth fiasco! Petrus Barba
  • Score: 3

3:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

endthelies says...

Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.
Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area. endthelies
  • Score: -2

3:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

endthelies says...

P's a car is relatively easy to clean and disinfect. Ask taxi drivers:)
P's a car is relatively easy to clean and disinfect. Ask taxi drivers:) endthelies
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

endthelies says...

And you never know, the pig could be in a crate or carrier in the back of the car couldn't it?
And you never know, the pig could be in a crate or carrier in the back of the car couldn't it? endthelies
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9:23am Sat 5 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

endthelies wrote:
P's a car is relatively easy to clean and disinfect. Ask taxi drivers:)
The concept of unfortunate taxi drivers mopping up a pile of vomit, and mandatory cleaning vehicles used for the transport of livestock to Ministry standards, are worlds apart. Frankly, the notion of someone taking an industrial pressure washer and Ministry specified disinfectant to a car, beggars belief. A flooded vehicle and ruined upholstery, to say nothing of an overpowering, lingering, stench of disinfectant pervading the interior of the car, wouldn't exactly enhance the resale value of the motor!
[quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: P's a car is relatively easy to clean and disinfect. Ask taxi drivers:)[/p][/quote]The concept of unfortunate taxi drivers mopping up a pile of vomit, and mandatory cleaning vehicles used for the transport of livestock to Ministry standards, are worlds apart. Frankly, the notion of someone taking an industrial pressure washer and Ministry specified disinfectant to a car, beggars belief. A flooded vehicle and ruined upholstery, to say nothing of an overpowering, lingering, stench of disinfectant pervading the interior of the car, wouldn't exactly enhance the resale value of the motor! Petrus Barba
  • Score: 2

9:27am Sat 5 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

endthelies wrote:
Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.
You have redress against the keeper for damage caused, if the animals escaped from a field. If they were being driven along the road legally, the onus is on the property owner affected, as no offence has been committed.
[quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.[/p][/quote]You have redress against the keeper for damage caused, if the animals escaped from a field. If they were being driven along the road legally, the onus is on the property owner affected, as no offence has been committed. Petrus Barba
  • Score: 1

9:30am Sat 5 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

endthelies wrote:
And you never know, the pig could be in a crate or carrier in the back of the car couldn't it?
It could indeed, if it was a weaner (and small enough). Cleaning the vehicle, including the wheels, wheel arches, and mudflaps, would still be necessary.
[quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: And you never know, the pig could be in a crate or carrier in the back of the car couldn't it?[/p][/quote]It could indeed, if it was a weaner (and small enough). Cleaning the vehicle, including the wheels, wheel arches, and mudflaps, would still be necessary. Petrus Barba
  • Score: 3

11:27am Sun 6 Jul 14

endthelies says...

Petrus Barba wrote:
endthelies wrote:
Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.
You have redress against the keeper for damage caused, if the animals escaped from a field. If they were being driven along the road legally, the onus is on the property owner affected, as no offence has been committed.
There was no damage. However, they were still wandering around the road on their own, standing in the main road, pooping as they went. Now the point I was making is this, there is surely more disease to be found from this irresponsible animal control. than there could be from a clean, house living micro pig. You would have to agree with me there. I don't mean to be pedantic but I just think there are far more worrying things going on in Gwent than a well kept micro pig walking OUTSIDE a fast food chain.
[quote][p][bold]Petrus Barba[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.[/p][/quote]You have redress against the keeper for damage caused, if the animals escaped from a field. If they were being driven along the road legally, the onus is on the property owner affected, as no offence has been committed.[/p][/quote]There was no damage. However, they were still wandering around the road on their own, standing in the main road, pooping as they went. Now the point I was making is this, there is surely more disease to be found from this irresponsible animal control. than there could be from a clean, house living micro pig. You would have to agree with me there. I don't mean to be pedantic but I just think there are far more worrying things going on in Gwent than a well kept micro pig walking OUTSIDE a fast food chain. endthelies
  • Score: -2

1:28pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

endthelies wrote:
Petrus Barba wrote:
endthelies wrote:
Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.
You have redress against the keeper for damage caused, if the animals escaped from a field. If they were being driven along the road legally, the onus is on the property owner affected, as no offence has been committed.
There was no damage. However, they were still wandering around the road on their own, standing in the main road, pooping as they went. Now the point I was making is this, there is surely more disease to be found from this irresponsible animal control. than there could be from a clean, house living micro pig. You would have to agree with me there. I don't mean to be pedantic but I just think there are far more worrying things going on in Gwent than a well kept micro pig walking OUTSIDE a fast food chain.
I agree fully. Those of us who abide by the law (however asinine) sometimes get frustrated by those who don't. Since the vast majority of these stupid laws, governing almost every aspect of our lives, are introduced by the EU via Statutory Instruments, they are never given the chance to be aired in Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Petrus Barba[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]endthelies[/bold] wrote: Well its a pity the farmers around here can't stop their cows and sheep wandering all over the place. 10 cows outside my house last week wandering around the road! And not the first time. Sheep pooping all over the place. They may only have had themselves to blame for foot and mouth in this area.[/p][/quote]You have redress against the keeper for damage caused, if the animals escaped from a field. If they were being driven along the road legally, the onus is on the property owner affected, as no offence has been committed.[/p][/quote]There was no damage. However, they were still wandering around the road on their own, standing in the main road, pooping as they went. Now the point I was making is this, there is surely more disease to be found from this irresponsible animal control. than there could be from a clean, house living micro pig. You would have to agree with me there. I don't mean to be pedantic but I just think there are far more worrying things going on in Gwent than a well kept micro pig walking OUTSIDE a fast food chain.[/p][/quote]I agree fully. Those of us who abide by the law (however asinine) sometimes get frustrated by those who don't. Since the vast majority of these stupid laws, governing almost every aspect of our lives, are introduced by the EU via Statutory Instruments, they are never given the chance to be aired in Parliament. Petrus Barba
  • Score: 4

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