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By Jamarlo Phillips
Published November 9, 2019
JACKSONVILLE - A rooster is ruffling feathers in a
Neighbors in East Arlington say it’s illegal and waking them up early
with its crowing, but the owner claims it's his emotional support
Roosters can be loud. They also can be aggressive.
People who live near the intersection of Abe Court and Running River
Road have had enough.
“It’s getting ridiculous at this point,” Freddy Peugnet said.
Peugnet is one of the voices complaining about the rooster in his
“Frankly, we’re getting very tired. I mean, I’m
exhausted right now. My wife’s at work, she calls me, she’s tired every
day. At 3 a.m., we’re woken up by a rooster,” Peugnet said.
Peugnet said he has called animal control. He also tried to get Mayor
Lenny Curry’s attention on Twitter.
But no one could seem to help.
Neighbors say they don’t need an alarm clock anymore because the rooster
in their neighborhood crows all day long.
“It’ll go for like 20 seconds or 30 seconds. Then it will stop, and then
it’ll go right back. What’s strange is the rooster is in the backyard,
and if this is his emotional support animal, why isn’t it indoors
providing emotional support?” Peugnet said.
So ActionNewsJax went to the home where neighbors say the rooster is
The owner came outside to talk to us after ActionNewsJax knocked on his
“He’s a wild one,” the owner said.
The owner told ActionNewsJax that he picked up an Asian Hawaiian rooster
off the street for emotional support and that’s what he told the city
when they came by.
“It was just a joke,” Peugnet said.
A city planning spokesperson said it is illegal to keep roosters within
The owner told ActionNewsJax that all the crowing about the rooster
became too much, so he let the rooster go Friday morning.
“I love animals. That’s why I let him stay around here, but if people
are going to complain, I don’t need him. I don’t need the trouble," the
So, tomorrow, neighbors just might get through the night undisturbed.