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UPDATE: Arlington woman moves horse off property

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Arlington resident Kimberly Bright has been told she must remove a horse from her property. 

Bright owns a horse, named Poco, living in her backyard. She says this is her therapy horse that has been helping her with PTSD.

In December, the city took Kimberly to court, where she had to admit three different times that her horse got loose and left her backyard.

In January, the city’s attorney sent Bright a letter stating that Bright had admitted to violating the city’s ordinance by allowing the horse to get loose several times last Spring.

The letter also says the city has received “complaints of the horse out throughout the summer. “ There were also additional complaints of animal waste in public areas.

As a result, the city required that Bright remove the horse within 30 days or further steps would be taken to remove the horse from within city limits. That ruling was made in the middle of January.

KWWL spoke with Bright this past weekend. She says that Poco is no longer in her backyard, and yesterday Poco was moved to a place in Volga about 15 minutes from where she lives. 

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Arlington is peaceful.

It's quiet.

You could say it's "un poco" or "a little" taste of Iowa.

Poco is also the name of a horse in town.

He lives in Kimberly Bright's backyard.

"He had half an ear and I thought, 'Oh, he's not whole either. Together, we're whole,'" said Bright.

For Bright, Poco's not only a pet. He's her therapy horse helping her cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"I was abused as a kid. I don't have suicidal thoughts anymore because I think, 'Who's going to take care of Poco,'" said Bright.

She has a doctor's note from Regional Family Health which says, "Ms. Bright has significant mental health problems for which animal therapy has been beneficial. Having her horse to tend to on her property is part of her therapeutic regimen."

Bright and Poco live on Liberty Street. The Arlington City Council says because it's within city limits, it's not the place to keep a horse.

The city did not want to comment on camera, but KWWL has copies of multiple warning letters from the city saying other families and a daycare with young children outside are nearby.

The warning letters also say neighbors filed complaints about Poco getting loose several times last spring and about the smell of manure coming from Bright's yard.

One man told KWWL, "I kind of feel for the horse in a little corner lot like that. He's on bare dirt. It's not the place for him."

Other neighbors tell KWWL it doesn't bother them. "I think it's fun to have the horse across the street," they said.

Bright built a fence to keep Poco from getting loose again.

She also says she lives near the edge of town.

"If I lived in the middle of town, I never would've bought a horse," said Bright, who continued, "I haven't fought for anything in a long time, but then he came along and gave me a voice."

Now, it's up to the court to decide if Poco should go.

"I don't know what's going to happen," said Bright.

The court could fine Bright for having the horse within city limits, take the animal away or do nothing at all.

A hearing scheduled for today was pushed back until December 27th.

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