Williamston Family's Efforts to Keep Farm Animals Draws Support

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WILLIAMSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A woman's effort to keep goats, chickens, pot belly pigs and rabbits on her mid-Michigan property is drawing support from online donors.

Thirty-six-year-old Jessica Hudson said Wednesday that $12,000 has been pledged to support her legal dispute with Ingham County's Williamstown Township. She says the Right to Farm Act should protect her.

The dispute began last year. The township board voted this month to take legal action to force the removal of the animals from her 1.5-acre Sweet Peas Farm. The board cited a township ordinance that prohibits farm animals in an area zoned for single-family homes.

Hudson, her husband and her five children, ages 2 to 11, moved from nearby Lansing in order to keep farm animals on their property.