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Jessamine Co. man’s peaceful life disrupted by 300 chickens

(WKYT)
Published: Jul. 16, 2018 at 5:38 PM EDT
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Livestock is exempt from all law enforcement in Jessamine County. It may seem reasonable to some, unless you have hundreds of clucking and crowing chickens right next door.

Dwayne Stinnett has lived on Kissing Ridge Road for 54 years. His family owns 60 acres of land. He built a log cabin on the property, and doesn't owe a cent.

"We really enjoyed it until 2015," he said.

When asked what changed in 2015, Stinnett pointed next door.

"This bunch moved in."

He played a tape he recorded at 6 a.m. one morning. The chicken noises were loud and plentiful, but they were the same throughout most of the day, as well.

"They start anywhere from 5 a.m. to 5:20 a.m., and they'll do this right until 10:30-11:30 at night," he explained.

During the interview, a chicken somehow came over the fence into his yard. "They throw them across the fence sometimes," Stinnett said.

He claimed the chickens get into his garden.

"I feel like you are entitled to peace and quiet -- not constantly disturbed," he said.

Jessamine County Judge Executive David West agreed. He says he has tried everything he can think of to try to provide relief for Stinnett, including contacting the department of agriculture and the state veterinarian. Everyone told him there are no violations.

The only viable option for Stinnett would to file a lawsuit in civil court for denying Stinnett the peaceful enjoyment of the home, but he said he can't afford to file a civil lawsuit.

He also claimed to see chicken fights on the property. WKYT visited the land owner. He said there is no chicken fighting on the property. The Jessamine County sheriff has not seen any chicken fighting there. Chicken fighting is illegal in Kentucky.

When asked what he will do about the situation, Stinnett says the nuisance will not force him to find a new place to live.

"I'm not moving," Stinnett said, "I'm staying right here."