Baltimore County Couple Faces Thousands In Fines For Crowing Rooster: Report

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BALTIMORE COUNTY - A Baltimore County couple is facing thousands of dollars in fines over their crowing rooster named Wilbur, WBAL reports.

WBAL sat down with Jackie and Drew Tanenbaum of Parkton. They say that Wilbur is a good egg.

"He's just a really funny rooster. He protects the flock, he flaps his wings, and he chirps. (He's) just friendly and fun to be around," Jackie Tanenbaum told WBAL.

Nevertheless, only some people are fans of Wilbur's morning routine. One neighbor has complained about the rooster since the Tenenbaums got him in August.

"Our neighbors came out and said, 'Hey, we don't like your rooster. Can you get rid of him?' They did offer an alternative to committing to not replacing him when he dies. We've never been given the opportunity to engage in open dialogue," Drew Tanenbaum said.

According to WBAL, Tanenbaum is now facing $4,800 in fines.

"The county has now issued us two citations, one for $150 and a second one for $4,650," Drew Tanenbaum said. "It's essentially $150 for every alleged crow that Wilbur makes that our neighbor was able to document."

Read more on WBALTV.

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Surely the neighbors are aware they are living in the countryside.  So rooster crowing, occasional manure stink, etc from the neighboring property should be expected.  Is different than if someone builds a big commercial chicken facility next to your property.  Get over it, and figure out a way to get along with your neighbors.

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