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Phoenix Turnbull, 5, holds one of his pet chickens in his family’s backyard in Atwater. The town’s police chief killed one of the boy’s chickens last month, next to the coop, in response to a complaint that the chicken had been running loose in the neighborhood. The city’s ordinance prohibits having poultry, but the family said the police action went too far. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Atwater police chief kills boy’s pet chicken: Fowl were in violation of city ordinance (poll)

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ATWATER –– An Atwater woman has filed a formal complaint against the Atwater Police Chief for trespassing on her property and killing her young son’s pet chicken – leaving the hen’s decapitated head just feet from the backyard chicken coop.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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