This from my local paper. Keeper of horse and donkey wins battle over complaining neighbors By BYRON ROHRIG Courier & Press staff writer 464-7426 or firstname.lastname@example.org December 15, 2004 A group of seven East Side residents lost their bid to deny a neighbor permits to keep a donkey and a horse on his property. The Animal Control Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to license Steve Miller to keep his animals at his home at 8020 Lincoln Ave. After the vote, resident Phyllis Ralph questioned the intelligence of board members who voted to renew Miller's permits. The attorney she and her husband, Hugh, hired to argue their case declared three board members should be removed from office. The vote followed a debate that lasted more than an hour. A chorus of complaints was voiced over noise, stench and marked increases in biting insects and bird droppings blamed on Miller's animals. "Those people don't have the mentality to be on the board," Phyllis Ralph said of Teddy Stucki, Jamie Weber and Sam Elder. Elder moved to grant Miller's request to renew his horse license and elevate his probationary donkey permit to a permanent one. Debbie Calloway and board President Marlin Beck voted no. Attorney Toby Shaw II saved his best blasts for Stucki, charging moments after the vote that Stucki "stuck things in his ears and didn't hear anything anyone had to say." Stucki said he made repeated trips to Miller's place and didn't smell or hear any of the irritants of which neighbors complained: "If something is going on, surely we ought to be able to catch it, write a citation and go from there." Miller had been issued citations by Animal Control officers, according to meeting testimony. Ed Ziemer, director of city Transportation and Services, recommended the large-animal permits be revoked. Animal Control is part of Ziemer's department. Beck argued, too, for denial. He said he was distressed that Miller, though now apparently with proper permits, got them only after city officials caught him without them. And Beck scolded Miller for never proposing to respond to his neighbors' complaints. "I know you're an animal lover. I am an animal lover. But I love my neighbors, also," Beck said. "It is a nuisance. It is a hell," said Wally Khan of 510 Winchester Drive, who complained of noise and stench. Dennis Tretter of 7948 E. Oak St. said he liked to eat in his back yard in the summertime. "But this summer, the flies were eating more of my supper than I was." Miller denied wrongdoing. Shaw said Miller hasn't heard the last of it. "We're going to get that license revoked, come hell or high water."