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Miniature horse gets to stay in Springhill backyard

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SPRING HILL, FL (WFLA) -
The decision is in and Daisy, the miniature horse, can stay in her Springhill neighborhood.

The Samaroo family of Springhill bought Daisy a year and a half ago as a companion for their 11-year-old son Elijah. 
 
Elijah had developmental problems after being born with a chromosomal abnormality.  He also was also diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

The Samaroo's home was in an area of Spring Hill that is zoned residential. 
 
No farm animals were allowed.  Hernando county officials have now reconsidered and are letting the miniature horse stay put.

Assistant County Attorney Shaun Amarnani writes,"We have reviewed the guidelines under the FHA for this specific case, and given the totality of evidence presented to our department, we are issuing the legal opinion that it is in the County's best legal interest to accommodate the miniature horse at the child's premises."

Elijah is elated and the whole family is thrilled Daisy will remain in their Spring Hill backyard.
 
The Samaroo's contended all along that Daisy provided a valuable service to their son.  "I bathe her. I feed her. I pet her. I ride her" said Elijah Samaroo. 

Elijah's Mother, Kelly, said, "He's just very calm. You can see a serene look in his face when he's with her. He brushes her, he talks to her and he tells her that he loves her." 

Elijah is one of nine foster children the Samaroo's have adopted over the years.  They also have seven biological children of their own for a grand total of 16 kids.  Six of the children still live at home. 

In October of 2012, the Samaroo's received bad news in the mail. 
Someone had anonymously turned them in for having a horse on their residential property. 

Kelly Samaroo admitted they violated county code by keeping Daisy in their backyard but she said, "I do know that I did what I did for all the right reasons as a mother, to benefit my son." 

The Samaroo's received a "notice of violation" letter which said they would face fines of up to 15-thousand dollars a day if they didn't get rid of Daisy by June 1st.  
 
The county did not levy fines after Eight on Your Side got involved and instead, reconsidered the Samaroo's request.
 
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