Connecticut "Urban Farmer" Told to Remove Animals

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 11:43 AM EDT
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Connecticut "Urban Farmer" Told to Remove Animals

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An “urban farmer” who received permission from Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch to raise chickens in the Connecticut city last year says he's now being ordered to get rid of most of his animals.

Christopher Toole said on Wednesday that police gave him 30 days to relocate his donkeys, goats, pigs and all but six of the chickens he's been raising near the police department's animal shelter.

Toole drew the attention of city health officials last year for raising chickens in his apartment, but Finch allowed him to keep the chickens near the animal shelter.

Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reports that Toole continued growing his heard with little to no oversight.

City officials are limiting Toole to six chickens because that's the number of hens residents could keep under a planned new policy.
 

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