Officers said a homeowner phoned police Thursday to report the chickens had appeared without explanation in the yard of the home, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.
"The citizen advised the dispatcher that she did not know who owned the chickens and wanted them removed from her property," Anne Arundel police said in a statement.
The statement said the chickens have been taken to Cheryl's Rescue Ranch in Harwood, Md., where the owner has until Thursday to claim them. If no one comes forward, the chickens will remain on the ranch, police said.
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