Man-Eaters, No Permission
Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor resident Robert Paretti, who is excited about owning a chicken, points out several bizarre issues he had to confront in the process. For instance, why does a chicken owner need permission from its neighbors to house such a mild-mannered animal? One of the man's neighbor's owns several "man-eating" pit bulls. The ownership of these dogs required no "permission" from Parette nor any administrative hoops to jump through.
Why Don't Pit Bulls Require Neighbors' OK?Robert Paretti M.D., MLive.com
September 18, 2008
"I am excited by the Ann Arbor News articles about backyard chickens. I am thinking of becoming the fourth permit holder for chickens. I have already picked out Easter egg chicks. Imagine, fresh eggs in shades of blue, green, and pink! I've just printed out the permit application, however, and I am perplexed by the complexity of the requirements! Why should I need permission from each and every one of my neighbors for such a mild-mannered animal as a chicken?
One of my neighbors has several man-eating, pit-bull type dogs, yet no permission was ever requested from me for her to acquire these vicious creatures. I am concerned that these dogs will someday hop the fence and maul my 8-year-old daughter. No sane community should allow attack dogs. I am not sure the threat posed by chickens or the need for so many permit requirements (along with threat of "prosecution for a civil infraction violation" if I don't strictly comply). It seems that Ann Arbor City Council has once again made a simple matter inanely challenging."
DogsBite.org hopes that Paretti's fence is at least 8 feet high.