Maine town tables proposal to fine owners of loud roosters

Sept. 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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OAKLAND, Maine, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The city council in a small Maine community tabled a proposal that would have fined the owners of roosters found to be crowing excessively.

The Oakland Town Council voted unanimously to table the proposal, which would have added the birds to an ordinance imposing $100 fines on the owners of barking dogs, after hearing from more than a dozen vocal locals at least week's meeting, reported Wednesday.

Ethan Pullen, a local teenager who spoke at the meeting, said he circulated a petition that received 65 signatures from residents of the town of about 6,200 people located 18 miles north of the state capital Augusta, opposed to the fine.

"Roosters are important because we like to show our chickens in the fairs, but you can't buy a chicken that you can show," he said. "You have to breed them, and in order to breed, you need a rooster."

The proposal stemmed from noise complaints filed against a specific homeowner whose name was not released. Town Manager Peter Nielsen said an animal control officer has been in contact with the owner of the offending rooster to discuss possible solutions to the crowing problem.

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