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Mom Fights To Keep Pet Chickens For Autistic Son


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Chickens cannot be kept in Brownsburg, according to the city's ordinance.

A Hendricks County mom is fighting her town to keep pet chickens for her 10-year-old son, who has autism.

Brownsburg resident Sherri Frushon says she‘s fighting an expensive battle after she says town officials told her she would have to remove her son‘s four chickens from their property because they are a violation of town ordinance.

Frushon says she has collected 32,000 signatures from all over the country in an effort to keep the pets, but now must collect additional signatures from neighbors.

“I have to go around to my neighbors and explain that I have an autistic child that resides in my home and he’s found comfort in having his chickens near him, explain the entire situation and then get their signatures,” Frushon says.

She adds that the chickens are registered as being therapeutic, along with their dog her son Anthony who takes care of them. She says the chickens are cordoned off in a quiet place in their yard and are not a neighborhood nuisance.

Meanwhile, Brownsburg Planning Director Todd Barker says he spoke with Frushon and has outlined the process involved in making the chickens legal, should the board of zoning appeal approve her filed petition.

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