DETROIT (WXYZ) - Animal activists want a horse taken from a Detroit man's possession.
T.J. Cagle bought a horse named "April" two weeks ago from a seller at a nearby flea market. The animal is now a popular attraction along Cagle's neighborhood in the 8000 block of Longworth.
Cagle told 7 Action News he spent $200 on the animal to entertain the neighborhood children.
"Have something for the kids because you can't take them to the zoo everyday," Cagle said.
But animal activists, Bill Lilley and his friend Danielle, who didn't want her last name released, are angry over the new pet. Thinking it had been abandoned, they went to feed the animal.
In the past, Danielle, said she had seen April simply tied to a fence. They were surprised to find Cagle handling the horse.
"She's a horse, she's not a dog," Danielle told Cagle. "We're not trying to come after you. We just want her to be taken care of properly."
Cagle insisted April is well cared for, and he doesn't believe he is doing anything wrong. But while state law doesn't prohibit the owning of a horse, a Detroit city ordinance does.
The Michigan Humane Society confirmed it is investigating the situation, but told 7 Action News the animal is in good health. Animal control is looking into who is selling the horses and other farm animals at the flea market.
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