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A thousand dollars worth of chickens snatched from yard

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Andrea Medeiros

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A thousand dollars worth of chickens are stolen from a local backyard, and the owner says they started to disappear when she went to local paper over a complaint about her flock.

Amanda Kettle's chickens are like part of her family.

"I've had all my birds for over 18 months," said Kettle.

But her beloved birds have started disappearing right out of her backyard in Pawcatuck, which is right outside of Westerly.

"I never thought that someone would be so low to come onto my property and take my birds for themselves, like what are they going to do with them," said Kettle.

The chickens started to vanish after she went to the local paper over a complaint about her birds. In Pawcatuck, you can only have two adult chickens on a three acre property. Kettle had 117 in her two acre yard.

The town is letting Kettle to continue to house the birds for now, while they consider an ordinance that would allow her to keep 18 of them. In the meantime, Kettle's put up security cameras all over her yard. Her chickens are now disappearing at an alarming rate.

About 60 birds total were taken, including several baby chickens, snatched right out of this brooder box in the garage.

"The ones that I'm missing, it's over a thousand dollars worth of birds," said Kettle.

That money helps support her family. Her father died a year and a half ago, and money's been tight.

"This money from my chickens is what helps me get by," said Kettle.

She's now just cherishing every moment left with her beloved birds until the town decides at a July 16th meeting just how many she can keep.

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