Memphis, TN (abc24.com) - A smelly situation is brewing in Downtown Memphis, as horse-drawn carriage owners are being told to clean up what their horses leave behind.
At least one carriage owner is firing back though, saying a proposed ordinance at the very least is unnecessary, and at worst, could be dangerous.
"We don't need more rules, we already have 38 pages of rules to operate horses one of which is clean streets," says Jake Schorr, who owns a local carriage company.
"You can stand there and you can literally smell the urine, it is a harsh stench," Interim City Councilman Berlin Boyd tells abc24.com.
Boyd's district includes Downtown, where horses often wait for customers outside the Peabody Hotel and on Beale Street.
Boyd says the rides are popular with visitors, but the smell gives Memphis a bad rap with tourists.
"To reduce the stench, they want to come down and visit, and not participate or think they are in the Memphis Zoo," says Boyd.
The city council will consider Boyd's ordinance at its' next meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.