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Published June 06, 2012, 02:16 PM

Chammy the horse given a reprieve

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — The New Ulm City Council has made a special exception for a champagne-colored gelding named Chammy.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — The New Ulm City Council has made a special exception for a champagne-colored gelding named Chammy.

The horse will be allowed to remain at his home inside the city limits while the council revises a local ordinance, and if Chammy's owners keep their property clean.

Charles and Roberta Hintz got a letter from the city saying the horse needed to go because of an excessive amount of manure. Many in the crowd attending Tuesday's council meeting urged its members to make an exception for the horse, described as a part of New Ulm history. Its owners say the horse is visited by children, parents and grandparents who bring him sweets.

The Journal of New Ulm reports councilor Ruth Ann Webster expressed concern about granting exceptions to city rules for one individual.

The council agreed to address the ordinance change at its next meeting.

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