WEBBER TWP. — When the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear the case between Webber Township and Webber resident Bruce Austin, Austin thought his legal battle would be over and done; now, he says there is more to go.
For several years, Webber Township has been leveling a case against Austin and his horse rescue business. He had spent years rescuing horses, often at the request of the sheriff’s office, and then raising them. The case stems from Austin’s moving his business, and his residence along with it, into Webber Township. Despite receiving no warning before moving in he was soon told keeping horses on his property violated the township’s zoning ordinance and was a nuisance. Austin defended his right to keep the horses under Michigan’s Right to Farm Act and said it falls under a non-conforming agricultural status.