Jeffery and Stephanie Rowland always considered their four support pigs as part of the family. Unfortunately, their town doesn’t think they should be able to keep them.
Both Jeffery and Stephanie suffer from conditions, including anxiety and bipolar disorder. They say their 150-pound pigs are there to help ease their symptoms and keep them centered. Jeffery and Stephanie even have 11 notes from doctors explaining why they need their beloved support pigs.
But the paperwork isn’t enough for local officials.
According to their town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, under the law, the pigs don’t qualify as service animals. The town believes the animals should be sent to a pasture as livestock.
In the video below, Jeffery sits down with a reporter and says, “I am very worried for my wife.”
One of the massive pigs was trained to alert Stephanie when her blood sugar gets low by nudging her, and he has saved her in the past.
The couple is outraged, but will continue to fight for their four-legged friends — even if it means going to court within the next few months. In the meantime, Jeffery and Stephanie are allowed to continue housing their pigs, which is a small win for them.
Check out what else this couple has to say about their support pigs in the video below, and please SHARE if you would fight to keep your animals, too!
Footage and photos provided courtesy of WXYZ Detroit
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