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Marlinton Council outlaws un-diapered horses

MARLINTON, W.Va. — As a result of complaints about horse manure on streets following Pioneer Days, Marlinton Town Council is outlawing horses without “diapers.” Council unanimously approved a revision to its animal ordinance, on first reading, during its meeting on Monday night.

Councilmember Norris Long talked about complaints he had received.

“The complaints I received right after Pioneer Days were due to the fact that there was a lot of horse poop on the highway – Second Avenue and Main Street, in particular,” he said. “The source of one of those was a horse in the parade that had not registered.”

The current town animal ordinance allows horse riding in town if the horse wears a diaper or if a person follows behind to immediately clean up the mess. Long said he had discussed the issue with members of the Pioneer Days committee and proposed either a complete ban on horses in town or a requirement for horses to wear diapers.

“I’d hate to see the total elimination of horses, but we need to correct this problem,” said Long.

Council voted 6-0 to require diapers on horses in town….

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