NEW ULM - Chammy the horse got permission to stay within city limits Tuesday when the New Ulm City Council approved the application by its owners Dr. Charles and Roberta Hintz.
Last May, the Hintzes were cited for having an excessive pile of manure from Chammy, who is stabled on their property on South Payne Street. Because city code prohibits such animals in residential area, they were asked to remove the animal. An outpouring of support for the horse prompted the Council to delay the horse's eviction while redrafting the City's animal ordinance. The situation drew statewide attention.
In the new ordinance, the portion that pertains to Chammy allows livestock animals that have lived in a residential lot for 12 months before the cutoff date of Jan. 1, 2012, to remain at that property until their death. Chammy is the only known animal to qualify for this requirement.
Part of new ordinance mandates applying for a $100 annual permit that will cover the cost of city inspections of the animal's residence to make sure humane conditions exist and that issues like excessive manure are being dealt with. If the terms are not met, the City will ask that the animal be removed. If the terms are met, the City will not interfere with keeping the animal.
The Council approved the permit application from the Hintzes, who did not attend the meeting.
(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)