Lost rooster claimed by owners

Nov. 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM
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BENTON, Ill., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Benton, Ill., said a runaway rooster has been released into the custody of its owners after the chicken was found blocking a sidewalk.

Benton Police Chief Mike O'Neill said Rob the rooster was apprehended by officers Monday after a woman said he refused to let her pass on the sidewalk with her wagon full of children. The unruly bird was returned to Jason, Travis and Alyssa Seddon just outside of police headquarters Monday evening, the Benton Evening News reported Wednesday.

"No bond was set," O'Neill said of the rooster's release, "but Rob was given a notice to appear."

The Seddons said Rob and Nugget, a hen, will be sent to live with their grandparents after O'Neill told them it is illegal to raise poultry inside the city limits.

"I'm going to miss his crowing," Alyssa Seddon said. "I love it!"

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