Rooster Owners Hope To Avoid Running ‘A-Fowl’ Of Nuisance Ordinance

Apr 9, 2021, 7:10 AM

RIVERDALE, Utah – Chickens and roosters have been fixtures on the VanVleet property for much of the past 75 years, but family members were hoping Thursday they would be able to continue to raise them after a nuisance complaint.

Andrea Vanvleet Alalawi said she cares for eight rescued chickens, which she considers pets.

“The dog-catcher lady came in and said that we had a complaint because of the noise,” Alalawi said during an interview Thursday.

Andrea Vanvleet Alalawi said she cares for eight rescued chickens which she considers pets. (KSL TV)

Alalawi’s mother, Edith Gibbs, said the family was initially told they had a week to get rid of the animals.

Lt. Casey Warren with the Riverdale Police Department clarified Thursday afternoon that there was no ordinance against possessing or owning chickens within the city’s limits, but that the family could be found in violation of a nuisance ordinance if the situation is not remedied.

The original complaint, Warren said, came to the city on March 30 and stated that the “roosters are crowing all day, every day.”

Warren said the city simply hoped a solution could come that would satisfy the noise concerns of the complaint as well as be amenable to the roosters’ owners.

“We do our best to try to resolve the problem to keep everybody happy,” Warren said. “Everyone has to compromise a little bit.”

Alalawi said she believed there would have been a better way to resolve the issue than to complain to the city.

“I wish they would have just come to me and been like, ‘Can you turn them down a little bit somehow?’” Alalawi shrugged. “I would have worked with them.

She wasn’t sure what any compromise would entail and questioned whether the roosters were any more of a sound nuisance than airplanes that routinely fly overhead or the road traffic nearby.

Alalawi also couldn’t contemplate the thought of getting rid of any of her pets.

“It’s hard to even think of that,” Alalawi said.

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Rooster Owners Hope To Avoid Running ‘A-Fowl’ Of Nuisance Ordinance