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Published May 25, 2012, 09:47 AM

New Ulm orders eviction of horse, citing manure

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A popular gentle horse named Chammy has been ordered to leave the New Ulm barn where it has lived for decades due to complaints about manure.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A popular gentle horse named Chammy has been ordered to leave the New Ulm barn where it has lived for decades due to complaints about manure.

The Journal of New Ulm reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/KSFLuq ) that Chammy's owner, Charles Hintz, got a letter last week from the city last week, ordering that the champagne-colored gelding be removed from the property in 30 days because of an "excessive amount of manure."

In the letter, New Ulm building official Dave Christian said he'd received "numerous complaints" and that the property was zoned for a single family residence. Christian wrote that having a horse at the house, and the excess manure, violates city code.

"Manure is one issue, probably the biggest one," Christian said. "It's piled up near a property line."

He told the newspaper that other residents have tried to have farm animals and have faced ordinance violations.

Hintz, a retired oral surgeon who works part-time, said he's never received complaints. He said it will be hard to part with Chammy, and he hopes to resolve the issue through mediation.

"He's gentle," Hintz said of Chammy. "If you have a love of horses, it probably won't disappear. So many children, parents and grandparents come to see him, give him some sweets. That's the best part."

Hintz said a farmer picks up Chammy's manure roughly every two weeks.

"We've received lots of phone calls from people, saying they support us," he said.

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Information from: The Journal, http://www.nujournal.com/journal

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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