Article Courtesy of Channel
By Lena Salzbank
Published September 17, 2021
BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton family is fighting to keep their chickens safely in
their backyard coop after their homeowner's association gave them 14 days'
notice to get rid of the birds.
Damir Kadribasic trains dogs for a living but has no pups of his own.
Instead, he and
his family have chickens.
"We've had hickens for approximately ten or eleven years,"
said Kadribasic. "We love them, they are our pets."
Kadribasic says he trains his chickens just like he trains
his dogs, to listen, socialize and behave around others.
This summer while on a family vacation, Damir and his wife
received notice from the Ashley Park homeowners' association
saying their beloved pets had to find a new home.
"They tell us you have 14 days to remove the chicken and the
coop, if not we start charging you 100 dollars a day," said
Neighbors and friends of the family immediately protested
the association's decision, writing petitions and posters to
let the chickens stay.
HOA looks to pluck pet chickens from family's Boca
David Rondon is a lawyer in East Boca and assisting the family.
Rondon says when the family was given the notice to get rid of the bird,
they only received a note with one sentence.
Rondon claims the association did not specify what they were in violation
of, and didn't point to any bylaws that stated chickens were not allowed.
CBS 12 News obtained a copy of the community’s bylaws and in it, it states
only common domestic pets are permitted in the development.
Rondon argues the chickens are domestic pets since they are not being used
The lawyer also says HOA's cannot selectively enforce rules.