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BG residents disagree over ordinance banning chickens as pets

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - Bowling Green residents are clashing over a city ordinance that bans chickens in residential areas. 

BG resident Laura Sanchez says she received two chickens as a gift in August of 2009, and has been keeping them in her back yard ever since.  Sanchez says she did not know that shortly after she received the chickens, Bowling Green City Council passed an ordinance banning the animals inside the city and classifying chickens as "agricultural animals".

Now Sanchez says she wants the law changed.

"I know there's a lot of controversy about whether they're pets vs. agricultural animals but I don't see how an animal can't be both," Sanchez said.

But fellow BG resident Carol Lashuay disagrees.

"When I was a kid growing up we had chickens in town and for reasons the city decided to eliminate them and I think it was a good idea. If my neighbor had a chicken coup and chickens I would be able to hear them, see them, smell them and I'm against it," Lashuay said.

"Those are all really legitimate concerns. I don't think it smells...if you keep a clean coup you don't have problems. They're very quiet. They greet me in the morning very, very quietly. You don't hear them," Sanchez said in response.

If the ordinance remains written as is, Sanchez could face a fine for holding agricultural animals inside the city limits.

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