The Chicken Case Saga

The Newell Bundy, PC law office achieved several important victories in 2015. Perhaps none was more significant than “the chicken case”. This saga most fowl began on the afternoon of September 11, 2015. Kate Swistowicz returned to her Lander home to find that one of her chickens had flown the coop. The feathered suspect had crossed the road, apparently to get to the other side, where it was observed by an eagle-eyed citizen who contacted law enforcement. A Lander Police officer was dispatched and flew to the scene. Confronted by overwhelming force, the offending avian quickly strutted back to her coop. The officer, his feathers seemingly ruffled, then scratched out a citation to Ms. Swistowicz for “animal at large”. The case made its way to the Lander Municipal Court and was set for trial. During trial preparation, it was learned that the charge was a real turkey. Unbeknown to the officer and the municipal prosecutor, the Lander City Ordinance defining “animals” did not include chickens. Rather than proceed to trial like a chicken with his head chopped off, the prosecutor wisely dismissed the case. The City, with egg on its face, then got cracking on “the chicken problem”. Attempting to make chicken soup out of chicken scratch, several public hearings were held. Some in the audience were overheard clucking “when chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have chickens” and “they can have my chicken when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers”. After seeing so many hackles raised, the City fathers decided not to go off half cocked and determined that only a modest change to the City Ordinance was needed. Henceforth chickens (gallus gallus domesticus) will be considered “animals”. This came as welcome news as many had feared that the City would lay an egg by overregulation. Although this was one of just many wins for Newell Bundy PC in 2015, beating city hall is something to crow about. This story was brought to you with tongue firmly in beak by Newell Bundy, PC Law Office , 115 North 7th East, Riverton, WY 82501, p. 307-856-4331 *Feature Image: By Steve Browne & John Verkleir from Chicago, United States [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons* #county10 #news #sponsored #newellbundy