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Cop-a-Doodle-Doo! LAPD Could Soon Have Power to Enforce City Rooster Ordinance

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In Los Angeles, you can only own one rooster per property, but in this cash-strapped city, who is going to make it a priority and enforce that? When the rooster law was written last year, the only department given authority to write citations was the Department of Animal Services. Yes, that's one of the numerous departments earlier this year that suffered furloughs and job cuts, meaning complaints from exasperated neighbors are likely falling on deaf ears. The rooster law was an "attempt to balance the desires of individuals to keep roosters with the rights of their neighbors to live in peace and tranquility," according to Councilmember Janice Hahn, who in February wrote an additional motion to try to solve the enforcement issue. Instead of just one department charged with enforcement, she recommended that all city agencies with code enforcement power to be able to write citations. That means building and safety, street services inspectors and even the LAPD.

[Added: Current fines are $50.00 for the first violation, $100.00 for the second and $250.00 for the third. If violations continue beyond that, it then can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. The City Attorney's office is recommending the city council also change the ordinance to allow misdemeanor prosecutions even after the first violation.]

The ordinance is scheduled to be heard Tuesday during a city council meeting.