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Mid-South woman battles town over miniature goats

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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A controversy is brewing in Collierville over miniature goats.
The town says Deanna Caswell's barnyard animals violate a city ordinance that prohibits the keeping of horses, mules, cows or hogs in a residential area. But the ordinance does not specifically mention goats. 

"You can't have livestock in the backyard in a residential area," said Nina Wingfield of Collierville Animal Services, which recently slapped Caswell with a citation.

4-month-old Silvie and 2-month-old Lilly are beloved family pets.

"They're a part of our family. We love them. The kids love them," said Caswell.

She says that when Lilly grows to be about two feet tall, she'll contribute to the family's environmentally-friendly way of life by producing milk for cheese.
And she says the tiny pair impose no danger. "They can't actually bite or hurt anybody, they've had their horns removed. We're not allergic to them."

Caswell says she'll do whatever she has to to keep her goats. She will appear in court Thursday, and she says she'll try to get a permit.

A judge will ultimately decide if Silvie and Lilly will remain with the family.


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