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Loud Rooster Gets Miss. Family Sued

March 9, 1998

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) _ One family’s pet rooster delivers more than a wake-up call. It could land the family in court.

Attorney Harvey Barton has filed a disturbing-the-peace complaint against Michael and Emily Smith and their six children, whose home is next to Burton’s law office.

Barton said the Smiths’ rooster, named Chanticleer, can be heard constantly _ by clients in his office, on recorded dictations and even by parties on the other end of his conference calls.

``It may be 8 o’clock, 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock or 4 o’clock when it crows, or all of the above,″ Barton said. ``The Smith family is adamant that the chicken will stay and I’m adamant for it to go.″

The Smiths erected a barrier between the chicken pen and the office buildings to obstruct the view and the birds’ sounds. Barton says it isn’t working.

Emily Smith said her family has grown to love Chanticleer since they got him and 11 hens in October.

``We just don’t want to lose him because of one person who just doesn’t like him,″ she said.

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