They should come over to my street. They would make a killing over here in fines. I think there are more houses on my street WITH chickens than those without (we are in county), and only a few of us have large lots. Just on THIS block, I know of at least 5 houses out of 12 that have chooks. One family has some pygmy goats in their yard.
Edited by HHandbasket - 1/29/11 at 2:12am
Sac County doesn't do anything about the hookers, the drug dealers, the addicts, the illegal dumping (I saw with my two eyes while both a Sac County sheriff AND a CHP officer, about 20 minutes apart, allowed a family to illegally dump the contents of their Uhaul in the middle of the street 4 houses away from me, and the cops did ... um... nothing). Unless you do something unkind to upset a neighbor to cause them to turn you in, or unless you just have a jerk neighbor who gets off on stirring things up, I don't think they are really going to do anything about it. In addition, the city is on the verge of voting a new ordinance regarding chickenkeeping, and I think there are a lot of people in council chambers who are in favor (only a handful on the council are not, and they're the ones that keep stalling the process).
We had a fella beat the living crap out of his wife in front of his two children and a bunch of neighbors, and several of the neighbors called for help. It took Sacramento County almost 45 minutes to respond and send out a unit. Unless you give Sacramento County (or city) a REASON to care about your flock, they generally don't. They really don't even care about your safety or your family's safety, much less be all up in arms about a handful of laying hens.
I feel bad for you that you got turned in and lost your birds. That must have been awful for you. I keep my neighbors happy, and they all know about my chickens and have since the beginning and don't care.