Archive for September 25th, 2009

A Chicken in Every Dearborn Garage?

Friday, September 25th, 2009

First it was cats, than dogs, than more cats. Now, it is chickens. Yes, chickens in Dearborn.

Dearborn officials found 10 chickens in the garage of an east side home.

Dearborn officials found 10 chickens in the garage of an east side home.

Fresh from cleaning up a home where hundreds of Chihuahuas lived and died in squalor, Dearborn officials now tell Deepsaidwhat.com that they are working with a homeowner to have her remove 10 chickens from the garage of her east side home.

City officials found out about the chickens after a neighbor complained about the smell. Dearborn officials went to the home and found 10 chickens in the garage. The owner of the home told officials that she kept the chickens as pets for her young children.

While that might be okay for families who live on a farm, the reality is that in a city such as Dearborn with more than 100,000 residents keeping chickens as pets is against the law.

The owner of the home now has seven days to get rid of the chickens or could face misdemeanor charges and fines. The fact the homeowner has already gone to Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr.’s office to save her chickens, telling officials that her children are “attached” to the birds, suggests that this matter will not be quickly resolved.

We aren’t sure what is going on in Dearborn but this chicken case now brings to five the number of homes found with an excessive number of “pets.”

  1. In July, the city quietly removed some 50 cats from a home on the west side of Dearborn
  2. In August, hundreds of Chihuahuas lived and died in squalor in an east side home. Cleanup costs, along with city police, fire and other city officials could drive the cleanup bill to nearly $100,000
  3. In late August, some 20 cats were found in an abandoned home
  4. In September, an elderly woman on the east side called city officials to have some 25 cats removed from her home. All of the cats were healthy but the woman became unable to manage having all of them in her home, city officials say.
  5. Finally, in September 10 chickens were found in an east side home.