However, the second letter was a bit of shock to the family, as it informed them that the borough is actually fining the couple $7,000 for keeping the birds while they waited for the zoning hearing to take place. Wales and Rogers will now go before the magistrate on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
Wales and Rogers hope to see the ordinance changed to reflect all of the practical reasons for keeping low-impact animals.
It seems odd that there were no issues with poultry at that location when the residents housed ducks and chickens from 2015 to 2018. The couple had no run-ins with the borough during that time. Sadly, the couple lost their first flocks when a predator managed to get into their lean-to and killed the birds.
The couple had already paid $750 to file a variance with the zoning committee and had been waiting for a date for the variance hearing. The council then fined the couple for holding onto their pets/birds during this time. The large ridiculous $7,000 fine actually comes from the couple not getting rid of their pets (four ducks and four chickens) while they waited for the variance hearing.