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Proposal would make owning farm animals illegal in Kirkland residential areas

The Kirkland Town Board met Wednesday to discuss a proposal that would prevent people from keeping farm animals or fowl, like chickens and turkeys, in residential neighborhoods.

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 1:57 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2020 10:07 PM

KIRKLAND, N.Y. – The Kirkland Town Board met Wednesday to discuss a proposal that would prevent people from keeping farm animals or fowl, like chickens or turkeys, in residential neighborhoods.

The purpose of the proposal reads:

“The Town Board finds that the keeping of farm animals or fowl in residential neighborhoods can cause nuisances to nearby residential properties and create conditions which are unsanitary and unsafe, and is therefore incompatible with residential life. The purpose of this Article is to protect the health, safety and well-being of persons and property in residential neighborhoods by imposing restrictions on keeping or harboring of farm animals or fowl.”

Kirkland Town Supervisor, Robert Meelan, says after Wednesday night's public hearing, the town plans on making amendments to the proposed law.

He says most residents that spoke are against this proposal.

"I'm going to say when we get done with this law, it's not going to be a prohibit but there will be restrictions, a lot of restrictions to protect the neighbors," Meelan says. "It's unfortunate but when you have residents that don't care about their neighbors, you have to come up with a law to protect them."

Violation of the law could result in fines of $50 - $500 or up to 15 days in jail.

The board will take public comments on the proposal before voting.

To read the full proposal, click here.

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