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Police looking for chicken problems in Evarts

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

EVARTS, Ky. (WYMT) - Some say they are creating a noisy and possibly illegal problem. Evarts City Council members say complaints of cockfighting are leading police to crackdown on the animals in town.

Some folks we talked with say they are not breaking any laws by simply owning the animals.

Donald Bennett says he has had roosters and hens at his home for at least twenty years in Evarts.

"My grandkids they like them, and that's why I got them, and I eat the eggs," said Bennett.

Several others also own chickens in town.

City Council members say they are getting complaints of cockfighting in the city.

"We're just not going to tolerate this activity," said Councilman Larry Caudill.

Caudill says he can also hear the animals which creates a noise nuisance. He says they have asked police to enforce the law against cockfighting.

"We're going to pursue it and try to make the best that this don't happen anymore because we don't want something like that right in our doorway," Caudill said.

While cockfighting is illegal, the city nuisance ordinance from 1999 does not say it is illegal to own hens and roosters in city limits.

"Them chickens on this hill even before half these people even born," said Bennett.

Bennett and others say they are not getting rid of them.

The Evarts city ordinance states chickens must be in cages, and owners who talked to us say they are following the rules.

"I've had nobody complain about my chickens because I take care of them like I'm supposed to," said Bennett.

Police are on the lookout for those breaking the law.

"Hopefully we won't have this much activity continuing and I'm looking forward to it," said Caudill.

The city of Evarts nuisance ordinance also includes the chickens must be kept in sanitary conditions and not create an odor.

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