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Copperas Cove backtracks, allows chickens as pets in residential areas

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COPPERAS COVE - The chicken fight in Copperas Cove seems to have come to an end. The city council decided Monday it won't enforce part of its ordinance that outlaws having chickens in a residential area.

This comes after weeks of battling with families who didn't want to give up their pet hens.

At least a dozen supporters from the Raising Chickens in Copperas Cove group were at the meeting to ask the council to change the current ordinance.

Shane Rawlings, the man leading the cause, presented the council with a counter-proposal his group came up with. In it, they recommend a law that would allow residents to have a limited number of small animals like chickens, ducks and rabbits as long as they don't bother neighbors and are kept in good health.

"It protects the citizens who are trying to do the right thing; it protects the city that's not trying to have a farming environment. It does really everything well,” say Rawlings. “It's really just reinforcing the pet laws that are already there but including small animals that though may be considered live stock in some communities is pets in others."

He says his group isn't totally satisfied with the council’s decision, but says it is a step in the right direction.

"It’s kind of upsetting. They decided to not enforce the law when really we wanted them to have a law that allowed it, because right now we're not really protected by anything,” says Rawlings. “We just have their word that they're not going to punish us for it."

Rawlings says his group will continue to work toward getting their ordinance approved. He says this is bigger than just him. There are plenty of people in Copperas Cove with chickens as shown by his online petition and Facebook group.

Click here to read Copperas Cove's Animal Control Ordinance.

Click here to read local groups counter- proposed ordinance.
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