In 2014, Oswego lifted its unique explicit chicken ban, resulting in an article in the newspaper stating it was now legal to own chickens in the city. However, after the neighbor heard some crowing from our rooster (who is now free to a good home, by the way), we got cited with thus: Quote: While it's certainly a sweet deal that our pets give us eggs and weed the garden for us, they will still be our pets when they no longer lay or weed - they are part of the family rather than a commodity for us. The zoning officer mentioned there's not even a process for making an allowance for an exception to the rule. The zoning officer has been clear that he's sympathetic and isn't going to give us more trouble than necessary for this, but if the neighbor keeps complaining, it will end up in court. To note, the landlord who complained (who we believe lives in the actual building behind us) did not seem aware of or bothered by their existence before our cockerel decided to try out yodeling (only audible on the first floor, couldn't hear a thing upstairs) at 11 AM yesterday. We plan to go before the City Council to contest this ruling and interpretation. There has been one similar case in neighboring Fulton. We've prepared the following statements to make our case: Quote: Do we have a case? Are there ways we can strengthen it?