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Neighbors argue over horse, donkey

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DENHAM SPRINGS - A neighborhood feud escalated into verbal threats which were captured by a WBRZ news crew filming a story Wednesday.

The issue is over a horse and donkey kept behind a home in the Meadow Wood Park subdivision.  Neighbors complained about the issue, and the animals' owner threatened to break a TV camera when he was asked about the situation.

"I'm going to shatter that camera," the man told the WBRZ News 2 crew.

Neighbors are upset over the animals who roam in the front and back yard, sometimes tied to a trailer hitch.

The subdivision is 100 feet outside the city limits of Denham Springs and is in unincorporated Livingston Parish.  Inside city limits, donkeys and horses are not allowed as pets.  But, Livingston Parish has no zoning laws that forbid the animals.

"This man has donkeys in the front yard of this nice subdivision," Sharon Dreyer said.  Dreyer lives a few houses down from the man who did not give his name.

"It's like living out in the country, but we're not. We're living out in a subdivision," Dreyer said.

Copies of neighborhood rules, provided by Dreyer, state residents can not own poultry or livestock as pets.

While Dreyer, and others, are against the animals, some are not.  One woman said she doesn't mind them.


But, a different resident said three people have declined to buy her house because of the donkey and horse.

Watch the attached video clip to see the situation unfold on camera.


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