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Rooster pecks at patience

Cheeky chicken avoids capture efforts

See a chicken in this picture? Thatís the problem. Animal Control Officer Kathy Shields says a feral rooster is very good at evading capture as it plagues the residents of Harrington Street in Southbridge. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
September 13, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE —†Imagine not having to set an alarm clock to wake up every morning.

You might sleep in, brew a fresh pot of coffee, read the newspaper, and turn on the stove to scramble some eggs.

That's a dream, compared to what Stephanie DeMartino has been dealing with for the past two years. Most days, a pesky rooster has taken on the role of DeMartino's alarm clock, waking her up at 5:15 a.m. well before she her regular 6 a.m. wakeup time.

"We," she said referring to her family, "wake up whether we like it or not."

Frustrated by the rude neighbor, DeMartino is at her wits end trying to solve the problem. Roosters are not required to be registered with the town, and therefore cannot be tracked to an owner, according to Animal Control Officer Kathy Shields. She said the animal has no owner.

Shields has referred DeMartino to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for assistance in dealing with the fowl. Shields said she also gave DeMartino the name of a private company that could relocate the rooster. DeMartino is exploring using another private firm that she contacted.

Hopefully, DeMartino, who many residents know through her two campaigns for a Town Council seat, can solve the issue soon. If her Tuesday Sept. 7 encounter with the critter is any indication, the rooster appears to up taking his shenanigans to a new level of annoyance. DeMartino and her daughter Chelsea, "looked out the window to find him on the car crowing. He is huge."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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