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« on: January 18, 2013, 01:03:15 PM »

From the Union Leader

Londonderry man denied variance to house horse
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent
1/18/2013

LONDONDERRY - A Londonderry man will need to find a new place to house his horse after the town's zoning board denied his variance request to keep livestock at his Wiley Hill Road property.

Jay Barrett, 107 Wiley Hill Road, appeared before the board Wednesday in hopes of keeping the horse he'd recently inherited.

Barrett said he built a stall and paddock area on his property last year after a friend's daughter was injured in a car accident. He'd initially planned to house the horse there temporarily while the young woman recovered. After she died from her injuries, Barrett decided he wanted to keep the animal permanently.

A single father of two grown children, Barrett's 18-year-old son, Jacob, suffers from cerebral palsy and has endured a grueling round of back surgeries. Barrett said his son has enjoyed having the horse on the premises for the therapeutic riding benefits. Barrett's home, which abuts 35 acres of conservation land, is situated on a 1.6-acre lot.

The town requires residents who keep livestock on their properties to have a lot of two acres or more. Barrett said the situation was brought to the town's attention last spring when Building Inspector Richard Canuel saw the horse during a home visit on an unrelated matter - a variance to allow Barrett to add a caregiver's apartment to the house for Jacob's live-in nurse.

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