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Arabbers get new stable, submit to microchip tracking rule

Arabbers get new stable, submit to microchip tracking rule

When health department inspectors visited a Southwest Baltimore horse stable last year, they found a place with dangerously exposed electrical outlets, stalls on the verge of collapse and trash strewn about the premises.

They closed the site at 207 Bruce St., long a home base for arabbers, the street peddlers who have sold fresh food from the backs of horse-drawn wagons for generations.

A year later, a new owner is poised to reopen the facility, the third such site in town and a historic one at more than 100 years old. But she had to make a thoroughly modern concession to bring it back to life. Baltimore animal control officials required that Dorothy Johns, the owner, have her...

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