, Derry, New Hampshire


September 26, 2013

Derry officials mull updated animal rules


Potential upgrades to the ordinance could include putting a time limit on when a rooster is allowed to crow, something that might prove a bit difficult.

“How do you stop roosters from crowing from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.?” Planning Board Chairman David Granese said.

Board member John O’Connor happened to know the answer as he once studied poultry and horticulture.

“You have to block out all the light so it won’t crow,” he said.

Board member Randy Chase said he thinks the town might be picking on its roosters.

“There are far more dogs in town that bark at night,” he said, “and we have nothing for that.”

Officials said it’s time to put some concrete rules down to take care of all animal noise and define what is allowed. This time around, animal control had some input as well.

Town Planner George Sioras said Animal Control Officer Marlene Bishop has 30 years of experience and a lot of good ideas.

“She has seen it all,” he said.

Bishop made some suggestions to an updated ordinance, including adding language to specify what constitutes a public nuisance.

By updating the ordinance, officials said they may have more teeth when it comes to enforcing animal rules.

Livestock talk will continue at a future Planning Board meeting.

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