Board Lets Chickens Stay Home to Roost

US - Froney, Guinevere, Gurley and Mable can stay home to roost — after the chickens' 10-year-old owner took on the town's zoning board.
calendar icon 27 September 2007
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"I want the town of Easthampton to be the best it can be, and not allowing people to love and care for their pets is not helping."

Sylvan Lorenz, 10

Town officials granted pet status to the four chickens on Tuesday night. Their owners had been told they were keeping illegal livestock, and would have to give them up.

But Sylvan Lorenz, 10, convinced the Easthampton Zoning Board the birds were not poultry.

"When we first heard our pets were illegal we were sad, but we decided we would do whatever we could to save our pets," Sylvan told the board. "I want the town of Easthampton to be the best it can be, and not allowing people to love and care for their pets is not helping."

Sylvan and her 8-year-old brother Finnegan have raised the birds since early this summer when the chicks were a day old.

Neighbors who had been told they could not raise chickens on their property had turned in the Lorenz family to a zoning enforcement officer. He notified the family that they were in violation of a town zoning bylaw that prohibits poultry or other flocks of farm animals in their zoning district. He ordered them to get rid of the hens.

Source: AP

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