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Family ordered to get rid of pet chickens

May 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM   |   Comments

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- A Hollywood, Fla., magistrate has ordered a family with seven pet chickens to move the birds out of the city by the end of the summer.

Magistrate Paul Gifford said in his ruling Tuesday that he personally owned chickens until he was a teen, but current regulations state that owning chickens inside the city limits is a code violation, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Gifford gave the Kohn family until Aug. 17 to find a new home for the fowl.

However, Steve Kohn said he is willing to take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

"The notion that people find it odd that I like to keep chickens as pets should be nobody's business," Kohn said. "You might as well be regulating what type of food I eat, what type of clothes I wear and what I do inside my home."

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