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Pet peacocks ruffling neighbors feathers


Some people in Elkhart County aren't happy with their neighbor's pets.  It's not a pack of barking dogs or a group of stray cats that has them upset.  Instead it's peacocks.

Kim Kelly said she's not thrilled about her neighbor's peacocks. She says sometimes they get out and wander around.  So Thursday she went to an Elkhart County Board of Zoning meeting to express her concerns.  "The children have been down climbing under the fence to catch the peacocks when they got loose.  My uncle found one in his tree.  And I've seen one loose," said Kelley.

Thursday Kelly said the Elkhart County Board of Zoning and Appeals discussed the animals.  "They said they received complaints about the noise."

She said she's not the one who sounded the alarm initially.  But when she received a letter in the mail about the meeting she decided to attend.  "We ended up going this morning to the meeting and they brought forth that they have six hens and three peacocks, and a rooster in their little bitty yard," said Kelley.

Kelley said the woman who spoke in defense of the peacocks said they're pets.  But Kelley said they've kind become a bit of a pet-peeve.  "The peacocks sound like they're making a honking noise, sometimes at night it'll sound like a baby crying."

She said she could live with that, after all other neighbors have barking dogs.  Her real concern is safety.  "We have tons of kids in this neighborhood.  If that peacock gets loose is it gonna attack my kid?  If my kid tries to pet it like it would one of the dogs in the neighborhood what's gonna happen to my kid?"

Kelley said the complaints prompted the board to take action.  "Zoning had told them that because of them escaping and everything they would allow them 5 hens, they had 30 days to get rid of their peacock and their rooster."

FOX28 went to the home where the Peacocks live.  The people there did not want to talk on camera.  But the woman who was at the board meeting did confirm over the phone that she has to get rid of her peacocks.

Kelley has mixed feelings.  "By no means do I want to take a child's pets away from them, but they need to put up a fence, a privacy fence all the way around."



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