Oswego, NY: "No Agriculture"

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by 2Fast2Curious, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. 2Fast2Curious

    2Fast2Curious Chirping

    Jul 5, 2015
    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:

    Do we have a case? Are there ways we can strengthen it?

  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Songster

    May 15, 2015
    I think that you have a great case and that you should be allowed to keep them.
  3. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Crowing

    Apr 19, 2012
    Jordan New York
    So Sorry ..people are such idiots !

    dont know if this will help ? it lists Fowl as pets
    Chapter 4
    6-4-1: DEFINITIONS:

    6-4-1: DEFINITIONS:[​IMG][​IMG]

    As used in this chapter:

    DOG: Any member of the animal species Canis familiaris six (6) months or more in age.

    DOMESTIC ANIMAL: Animal or fowl of any type maintained as a household pet or guardian and includes, but is not limited to, dogs, cats, and other types of animals or fowl normally maintained as a household pet or guardian and any other domesticated sheep, horses, cattle, goats, swine (including potbellied pigs), fowl, ducks, geese, turkeys, confined domestic hares and rabbits, pheasants and other birds and animals raised and/or maintained in confinement.

    K-9: Any dog that is owned, contracted, or requested by a governmental agency for the purposes of law enforcement, search, rescue or other use.

    SERVICE ANIMAL: Includes any animal trained in obedience and task skills to meet the needs of a person with a disability.

    VICIOUS ANIMAL: Any animal, domestic or wild, known to have attacked a person or a domestic animal where he or it may lawfully be at any time without provocation, or any animal that bites or otherwise injures a human or domestic animal. (Ord. 10-49, 6-15-2010)
  4. 2Fast2Curious

    2Fast2Curious Chirping

    Jul 5, 2015
    Unfortunately, that's Illinois. Only thing I can think of along those lines is that they explicitly ban swine and geese, but removed the explicit (and notorious) chicken ban in 2014. Thanks for looking into it, though.

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