LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Chickens were running wild, digging up flower beds and attacking dogs in a south Louisville neighborhood. Neighbors couldn't get Louisville Metro Animal Control to stop it. So they called the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Department and Troubleshooter Eric Flack got results.
Neighbors on Herron Court in Okolona, say it's a different type of bird that's ruffled their feathers. The chickens Shefki Mittari brought to the street.
"They aren't my pets man," Mittari told WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Eric Flack. "I bought them for fun."
The native of Bosnia said he bought the rooster at a flea market. Then the rooster spread it's wings.
"There used to be one only," Mittari said. "Now they are everywhere."
Nine chickens in all. The rooster and eight hens. All of them flew the coop, out of his backyard and into Mary Riley's.
"They come over here, they fly the fence, they go everywhere," Riley said.
Nick Gore has also found the unwelcome guests on his property.
"They just go from this house, this house, that house," Gore added.
The problem bothers Natalie Frames most. She says the chickens crow at 5 a.m., have dug up her flower bed, and attacked her daughter's dog. She thinks the rooster was protecting the 16 eggs now waiting to hatch under Riley's back porch.
"Now they are multiplying," Riley said.
Frames called Louisville Metro Animal Services in March and then again in April. In May she turned to the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Department and Troubleshooter Eric Flack went to Director Justin Scalley for answers.
"We have to prioritize the calls that we receive," Scalley said. "And we receive about 26 to 28 thousand a year."
Scalley said he sent out animal control officers twice before neighbors called the Troubleshooter Department. But they couldn't find the owner. When we tracked Mittari down, he didn't seem too concerned.
"It's not my problem no more," Mittari said. "They stay over there now."
After the Troubleshooter Department launched its investigation, Metro Animal Services returned to the neighborhood. This time citing Mittari for a restraint violation for letting his chickens run wild on everyone else's property. Animal services also confiscated chickens and the eggs after finding three more hens than allowed under Jefferson County law.
Believe it or not this happens more than you might think. Scalley said Louisville Metro Animal Services removed 40 chickens from another home in May.
In both cases the animals and the eggs ended up with rescue groups.