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Too many chickens crossing the road

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It feels like they are messing with us,” Ron Borgens said. After all, while most of Lanning Drive in unincorporated South Whittier is residential, the Borgens’ one- third-acre property at the end of the street has been a working farm since 1951, inhabited by about 30 chickens, a goat and an enormous pig named Oink. Missing is Wilbur, the Borgens’ 350-pound Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, and his confiscation by county officials – along with about 30 of their chickens and ducks – is part of the reason why the couple feels they’re being harassed. “We heard they went to a farm in Palmdale, but we don’t really believe it,” Ron Borgens said. WHITTIER – At Ron and Dottee Borgens’ tiny suburban farm, it’s not why but when the chickens cross the road: Too often, say county animal control officials. “At that point it becomes a safety issue for us,” said Kaye Michelson, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. “In this case, we responded to complaints from neighbors saying chickens were running around the neighborhood.” Even so, the Borgens say they feel as if they’re being picked on. It was the rural feel of their property that induced the Borgenses to purchase it 13 years ago. Before that, the property was a horse ranch, they said. “We liked the idea that it was quiet, and we thought it would be educational for our kids, because they could see birth, life and death,” said Ron Borgens, who runs a trucking company with his wife. Since then, most residents have come to know the Borgenses’ place as “the farm,” and the couple likes to open their home to schoolchildren on field trips. But their problems with county animal control started about 18 months ago, the couple said, when inspectors started dropping by for visits. About a month ago, inspectors cited the couple for allowing chickens to roam loose in the neighborhood. “No one had questioned these animals for all these years,” Ron Borgens said. Michelson said inspectors from her agency want simply to ensure that the Borgenses are complying with all county regulations. “This county unincorporated area is zoned for animals, but the animals must be in a secure area,” she said. Part of the problem is that people often drop off chickens at the farm, sometimes even throwing them over the Borgenses’ fence, Michelson said, adding that the agency wants to work with the couple on a solution to that. “It is our intention to continue talking with these residents to try to resolve this problem,” she said. “If they are his animals, he must confine them in the yard. If not, they need to be removed.” Feeding her chickens in a fenced-in area on the farm on a recent afternoon, Dottee Borgens wondered why all the fuss over a few stray chickens. “All we’re trying to do is preserve a little bit of history here, but lately we feel like they are trying to push us out,” she said. [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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