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Animal control asking city to change livestock ordinance

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Why did the chicken cross the road?  Well it's not really a joke in Savannah; animal control says there are too many of them in the city and county.

Officials asked city council members to consider allowing more people in the city to have chickens.

Since there are wild chickens and other livestock that can be found roaming around the city, animal control officials said they just can't keep up.

Officials said there is just not enough man-power. Only five officers respond to calls for animal control, and then it defaults to Savannah- Chatham Metropolitan Police Officers.

Right now, illegal chickens are all over some areas. In places like Daffin Park, there are nearly 70 chickens that live in that area.

Animal control officials say they want city council members to vote to change the ordinance to allow people to be able to take in those chickens and other live stock.

 "Yesterday, we had a specific task force to go out and catch chickens that had been abandoned. We ended up with 17, and then we run into, where are we going take these animals?" said Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin.   

Animal Control is a division of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.  Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert was at the meeting to explain they are working to get more officers on staff, but in the meantime, they also need help from council members.

Council members understand there is a problem, and they realize there is a lot to consider. like health concerns or people having livestock live in their front yard.

No word yet on when they may vote on this ordinance change.

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