Couldn't figure out best section, please move or delete if properly addressed elsewhere. Apparently the news of the police beating a chicken to death with a shovel to the point of decapitating it has gone viral. Long story short, keeping chickens is against the code, the family was given a warning, there are efforts to change the local code. Chicken was on the loose and the police couldn't catch it, so used a shovel. No indication that this was a violent hen. But the thing is, why not use animal control, or just remove the chicken? It should be considered animal cruelty to dispatch an animal this way!