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Apex Animal Control Ordinance Takes Effect

Posted June 1, 2007

— An Apex town ordinance restricting the types of livestock within town limits went into effect Friday.

Barnyard animals, such as sheep, goats, cattle swine and male chickens are prohibited under the Animal Control Ordinance, which only applies within the town's corporate limits.

Horses, ponies, rabbits and other fowl are exempt.

The new ordinance stems from an animal cruelty case in March, in which animal control officers discovered 77 sheep living in the house of David Watts.

Thirty of the sheep had to be euthanized because of poor health; the rest were put up for adoption.

Watts, who faces 30 counts of animal cruelty, is scheduled to go to court June 27.

He also has until Aug. 1 to clean up the house, which the town condemned, and to make necessary repairs.


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  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Jun 3, 2007

    "Male chickens" must be how it's worded in the ordinance. It probably refers to both Roosters and Capons. However, the absence of a comma in the story begs the question: "What is/are Cattle Swine?" (insert bovine/sow joke here)

  • Steve Crisp Jun 3, 2007

    The temptation to offload a couple of truckloads of turkeys in downtown Apex is almost overwhelming.

  • superman Jun 2, 2007

    Does this exempt the city officials--? If not they will have to be removed immediately.

  • sfo49er Jun 2, 2007

    Has anyone seen a Chicken running loose down the street. Well I have and boy that had to be the hardest job I ever had trying to catch it and I had help. Seemed like hours. There is going to be a lot of busy people in Apex. LOL

  • TruthIsSubjective Jun 2, 2007

    "Do male chickens have large talons?
    smurace -at- aol -dot- com
    June 1, 2007 9:48 p.m."

    LOL! Are you making a reference to Napoleon Dynamite? I love that movie. :-D

    As for the story, I feel so bad for those sheep. Those were horrid conditions to be living in. David Watts should have to live in the same conditions. I hope he goes to jail for a while and doesn't just get something lame like community service. What will that teach him? Nada.

  • Nana Jun 2, 2007

    hhhhmmmmmm - last I checked, male chickens = rooster
    Guess they didn't want egg on their face.

  • thewayitis Jun 2, 2007

    I think they don't want any crowing roosters...

  • k9s Jun 1, 2007

    Do male chickens have large talons?

  • Lookelou Jun 1, 2007

    It's truly a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad situation!

  • Tax Man Jun 1, 2007

    I am assuming that if you already had these on your premises you would be grandfathered, so it would only apply to new animals. Seems sexist too - no MALE chickens - but FEMALE chickens are OK? Guess those Apex police will have lots of work to do to catch all these criminal animals.