SAN ANTONIO - It is a cock fight that has neighbors "crowing" in disgust in a north San Antonio neighborhood, as they try to get some noisy roosters to fly the coop.
Henry Hernandez lives in the 200 block of Greenhill Pass, and he said he and his neighbors listen to the sound of roosters crowing all day and night.
"24 / 7. Once one starts to crow, all of them follow suit," Hernandez said.
Hernandez said when he first moved to the area, he wanted to buy the house he rents, but he has changed his mind.
“I see why the people who stayed here before us moved out and put the house up for sale. Who can deal with this every day, especially if you're a light sleeper? I'm not, and it wakes me up,” Hernandez said.
City code allows only three fowl in a residential neighborhood, unless the owner has an excess animal permit.
“The highest number I count is 15 that I can see,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he has filed two complaints with the city.
He said the city closed the first case without much of an investigation and he wants to know when he and his neighbors might expect some relief from the noise, the smell and the rats that are attracted to the food and waste the chickens scatter.
“I want to know when are they going to come and pick up these roosters because obviously this is a violation. Not only to my house but to all the houses that are within the 50 foot range,” Hernandez said.
In exasperation, Hernandez looked over the flock and exhorted the city to take action.
“Do something. There's your investigation. There's your evidence. Now, it's your turn. What are you going to do?” Hernandez said.
Friday, Animal Care Services sent an officer to talk with the owner of the birds and to measure the yard to see if it meets minimum standards for housing excess animals.
While the owner of the fowl told KENS 5 he has permission for the birds, a representative from ACS said that is not true.
They said the owner has applied for a permit, but a ruling has not been made.
The owner has been given time to comply. He will be re-inspected within five to ten days, and a spokesman said complaint calls will be taken into consideration during the approval process.