A cockerel has been ‘evicted’ after its noisy crowing stirred up a row on a town centre street.
The quirkily-named ‘Penguin’ lived with the Mellor Family at their home on Northgate Avenue, Macclesfield, but has been served notice after his early morning crowing became an unwanted alarm clock for neighbours.
The family had to give their beloved rooster his marching orders after council officers set up recording equipment in a neighbour’s house and issued a notice for the family to get rid of their pet – or face prosecution and a maximum £5,000 fine.
Now the devastated family are asking the council to reconsider allowing Penguin home, claiming his crows have become less frequent, and have set up a petition and Facebook page to support their appeal.
Mum Marie said: “Penguin is not let out of the coop before 7am and is put to bed by 8pm so only crows during this time.
“When he was young he was practising his crow but now he hardly does it.
“He’s a beautiful rare breed cockerel. I have a lot of support from local people. We feel the council has been very unfair.”
Penguin was a pet for daughter Ellen, 12, who lives with parents Marie and Nigel and sister Abigail, 14, and came from Ellen’s grandparents, who keep silky hens at their home in Gawsworth - where he has now returned.
Marie said he is a particular pal of Ellen’s, who is dyslexic and finds looking after animals helps with her condition.
Ellen, a pupil at All Hallows, said: “There are no words in the dictionary to describe how upset I am. I miss Penguin terribly especially the little dance he used to do in the morning when I let him out.”
The family, who named him Penguin because of his distinctive dark colouring when he was hatched, even took Penguin to an animal-friendly church service in Gawsworth so he could be blessed in the hope it may bring him good luck.
Councils have the power to order residents to get rid of animals which create a noise nuisance and to prosecute if the notice is ignored.
A Cheshire East spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have received a number of complaints about a cockerel at an address in Macclesfield and we are investigating.
“A statutory nuisance abatement notice has been served and the council is continuing to investigate the problem. No request has been made for the bird to be destroyed as there are other options open to the owner.”