Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help or give some guidance. We live in an area which was originally established as part of an HOA -- it has long since been defunct (decades) & from what I understand, the community services district (the only remnant) voted in 2012 to not enforce the CC&Rs. Our property is a little over 1/2 an acre, and we have 10 chickens & 2 small goats (under 24 inches, full grown). About 2 weeks ago, one of our neighbors, who lives 2 properties over, sent us a "Cease & Desist" letter via his attorney. His initial letter demanded we get rid of the chickens, goats, not acquire any horses which we were contemplating getting (unbeknownst to us, lol), and complained that our (indoor) dog barks & charges the fence (he kept attempting to feed her). His second letter (after our reply with the zoning ordinances) dropped the bit about the horse(s) which do not exist, made no mention of the dog -- we had since posted "No Trespassing" & "Beware of Dog" signs by our gate to keep him away, but continued in the insistence that we are in violation with the chickens & goats. My understanding in reading the CC&Rs as well as the county zoning ordinances is that we are in complete compliance. From the CC&Rs -- ours is one of the lots mentioned: 3. Until the expiration date of these restrictions, the following lots, to wit: Lots 1 through 11, inclusive and 18 through 73, inclusive and Lot 140 in this subdivision are designated as R-S Suburban Residential Zone. The permitted uses and regulations shall be the same as the R-1 zone except for the following additional permitted use: Two horses may be kept on each lot for the personal use of the owner of said lot provided said lot contains ½ acre or more; however, the number of horses shall be limited to one per ¼ acre. The keeping of such horses shall conform to all other provision of law governing the same and the stable, barn or corral shall be kept and maintained in strict conformity with the restrictions set out in the R-S zoning portion of the Official Land Use Zoning Ordinance for the County of Kern as the same may be amended from time to time. 11. LIVESTOCK AND PETS. Except as otherwise herein set out, no animals, livestock or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred, grazed, maintained or kept on any lot for sale or commercial purposes. Only such animals or livestock for personal use of the occupants may be kept on any lot as shall not interfere with the safety, health, convenience, or comfort of the occupants or owners of any lots within 1,000 feet from the perimeter of the subject lot. No poultry, pigs or goats may be kept or maintained on any lot at any time or for any purpose. Household pets may be kept under the following conditions: No pen or enclosure in which household pets are housed may be erected or maintained within twenty-five (25) feet of front or five feet (5) of rear property line or fifteen (15) feet from any other property boundary. From our County's Zoning: C H A P T E R 19.08 INTERPRETATIONS AND GENERAL STANDARDS 19.08.375 PYGMY GOATS Pygmy goats, with a height of less than twenty-four (24) inches, shall be considered to be a household domestic pet and are permitted in conjunction with the residential use of property. Except where otherwise permitted, there shall be no more than two (2) adult (over the age of four months) pygmy goats kept on any legal lot. C H A P T E R 19.18 LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) DISTRICT 19.18.020 PERMITTED USES The following uses and all others determined to be similar to these uses pursuant to Sections 19.08.030 through 19.08.080 of this title are permitted in the R-1 District: A. AGRICULTURAL USES ── Breeding and raising animals pursuant to Section 19.18.130 of this chapter 19.18.130 SPECIAL REVIEW PROCEDURES AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS The following special review procedures and development standards apply in the R-1 District: A. The breeding and raising of animals permitted pursuant to Section 19.18.020 of this chapter shall be limited to poultry, rabbits, and birds for domestic or hobby purposes, or similar small fowl and animals raised for food, scientific, or furbearing purposes, provided not more than twelve (12) of any one (1) or combination of such animals may be maintained on a single lot, except that a maximum of forty (40) pigeons may be kept within an enclosed structure. Animal enclosures shall be subject to the setback requirements specified in Subsection 19.18.090.B. Do I have a leg to stand on in this? Thank you for any feedback.