- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The family of a physically disabled Ohio girl is appealing a judge’s decision that dismissed their federal lawsuit over their city’s refusal to let them keep a miniature horse as a service animal.

Ingrid Anderson and a housing advocacy group had sued the city of Blue Ash, alleging it violated federal housing law and protections for people with disabilities. Anderson’s daughter used the horse as a therapy animal.

Blue Ash’s solicitor argued the city was enforcing its ordinance.

A federal judge granted judgment in the city’s favor and closed the case last month. He concluded Anderson hadn’t proved it was necessary to keep the horse at their property and that the same therapy could be accomplished elsewhere.

Anderson is appealing to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

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