Judge rules Indiana woman cannot keep miniature pigs as pets


Judge rules Indiana woman cannot keep miniature pigs as pets

An Indiana judge ruled that miniature pigs are livestock and cannot live within the city limits.

- These three little pigs have to find a new home.

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An Indiana judge last week ruled Lily Harsh, of Anderson, cannot keep her miniature pigs within the city limits of her community, The Herald-Bulletin of Anderson reported.

Madison County Circuit Court Judge George Pancol rejected Harsh’s appeal of a 2017 ruling by the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals to deny her a zoning variance, which would have allowed her to keep the pigs at her residence, the newspaper reported.

The board votes 3-1 in August 2017 to deny the variance, The Herald-Bulletin reported.

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Anderson Assistant City Attorney Paul Podlejski had argued Harsh was violating a city ordinance that prohibited livestock within the city limits, WXIN reported. Harsh countered by asserting she did not consider the pigs -- named Betty, Margie and Yoshi -- to be livestock, the television station reported.

Harsh was unavailable for comment. Her sister, Christina Sierra, told The Herald-Bulletin the pigs were special and considered pets, not livestock, by the family.

“They each have their own personality,” Sierra told the newspaper. “I’m having a hard time blanketing these animals as livestock. These are not farm animals.

“It breaks my heart that we have to come and defend our family like this. I agree livestock doesn’t belong in the city. I love them and I know she loves them.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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