BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati-area family that has a miniature horse as a service animal is suing their city, alleging its refusal to let them keep the animal violates federal housing law and protections for people with disabilities.
Blue Ash resident Ingrid Anderson and the advocacy group Housing Opportunities Made Equal, or HOME, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1c1G1oi ) reports a medical center recommended the horse for Anderson's daughter, who has physical ailments and uses it for support to walk in her yard.
HOME's executive director says Blue Ash officials characterized the horse as livestock that must be removed. She says the group tried to work with the city and the lawsuit is a last resort.
Blue Ash's solicitor says the city is enforcing its ordinance.