- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that the family of a physically disabled girl can pursue its lawsuit over a suburban Cincinnati city’s refusal to allow them to keep a miniature horse as a service animal.

The three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. circuit court of appeals unanimously overturned a lower court judge who dismissed the case last year while finding the family hadn’t proved it was necessary to keep the horse at their property and that the same therapy could be accomplished elsewhere.

The city of Blue Ash has contended it was enforcing an ordinance banning horses on residential property.

The appeals panel says there needs to be more fact-finding about accommodating the girl’s needs. The family’s attorney says the ruling is a step in right direction.

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