Court Rules Against Livestock in Residential Area

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A Williamstown Township family has lost a court battle to keep pigs, ducks and chickens on its property. However, the family tells News 10 it still has the animals and intends to appeal the ruling.

The Ingham County Circuit Court ruled Thursday that the livestock is a violation of the township's residential zoning ordinances.

Jessica and Jeremiah Hudson has said the animals were needed because their children have severe food allergies. The animals insured a source of food their children were able to eat and were protected b y the Michigan Right to Farm Act.

However, the court disagree and sided with the township.

Jessica Hudson says they expected the ruling.

Currently they have chickens, ducks and miniature goats.

Township attorney Gary Bender says the township will pursue contempt charges against the Hudson's if the ruling is not complied with.