(I've lifted this piece by Alison at Creekside in its entirety. Seems to me the good people of Caledon, Ontario need to send a notice of pending unemployment to their cowardly town council. If a precedent is set here, let it be one of compassion. And somebody's NIMBY neighbour needs to get the fuck over themselves. As a side note, if you do not read Alison, either at Creekside or at the Galloping Beaver, well you'd be a dope. So cut it out. Alison is one of this country's blogging treasures, her posts on SPP are a must read.)
Sam Spiteri is 3.
He has cerebral palsy.
He can't walk but he loves his pony, Emily.
Some asshat neighbour, apparently able to distinguish the odour of Sam's pony over that of the cow farm next door, has laid a successful complaint with the town of Caledon, Ont. to have the pony removed from the Spiteri's one acre property over a zoning infraction.
Dear Township of Caledon :
The kid's single mom has paid you the $1145 you apparently require to consider letting her keep the pony. Yeah we read all about your worries regarding setting legal precedents in your local paper. How about setting a precedent to allow a severely challenged kid to have some joy in his childhood? Don't mess this one up.
Good luck to you, little kid, mom, and pony.