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Chickens loose in Plainview headed to Tamerlaine Farm

Long Island Orchestrating for Nature president John DiLeonardo

Long Island Orchestrating for Nature president John DiLeonardo with the chickens he helped catch Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Plainview. Credit: Juliana Cinone

A local animal rights group has caught seven of the chickens wandering through a Plainview neighborhood, a representative for the group said Monday.

The chickens and roosters started walking through the neighborhood from a sump on Woodbury Road about three weeks ago, according to Carole Agostino, who lives on East Gate in Plainview. The birds have been stopping traffic in the area and waking residents with their early morning crowing, she said.

Agostino said she and some of her neighbors contacted several agencies to have the chickens removed but none were able to help. The Town of Oyster Bay referred complaints to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and said it was not “equipped to capture or maintain the animals,” a spokesman said. A Nassau County SPCA officer investigated the situation but didn’t move the chickens because they were not in danger, spokesman Gary Rogers said on Thursday.

Members of animal rights group Long Island Orchestrating for Nature decided to step in. They used pole nets and drop traps to catch six chickens Sunday and one chicken early Monday morning, according to the group’s president, John Di Leonardo. They’re planning to return to the area later this week for two more chickens they spotted but could not catch, he said. The birds will then be sent to live at Tamerlaine Farm, an animal sanctuary in New Jersey that cares for neglected farm animals, the sanctuary’s co-founder Gabrielle Stubbert said.

Agostino said Monday was the first time in several weeks that her husband, Rich, wasn’t startled awake by the roosters’ “cock-a-doodle-dos.”

“I’m very thankful,” Agostino said. “Everybody’s happy to see that the chickens have been removed.”

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