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.