'Chicken run' in Newburgh rounds up illegal pets

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Animal Control officers joined Newburgh police this week for a "chicken run" aimed at rounding up some unusual and illegal pets being kept in the city.

City officials say keeping livestock, such as chickens and roosters, in crowded cities like Newburgh can cause serious health concerns, and they are consequently banned from the city.

Humane society representatives say chickens not only can carry deadly diseases like salmonella, but that they are also typically used for fighting.

Anyone in the city of Newburgh who refuses to surrender their livestock can face a $275 fine per bird.

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