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Brownsburg Woman Fighting Town Over Son's Chickens

Brownsburg Town Hall (photo courtesy Town of Brownsburg)

A Hendricks County mom is fighting her town to keep her autistic son's pet chickens. 

Sherri Frushon of Brownsburg says she's fighting an expensive battle.  This after she says town officials told her she would have to remove her son's four chickens from their property because they're a violation of town ordinance. 

Frushon says she has collected 32,000 signatures from all over the country in an effort to keep the pets, but now must collect additional signatures from neighbors.  She says the chickens are an important therapy and social skills tool for her son Anthony who takes care of them. She says the chickens are cordoned off in a quiet place in their yard and are not a neighborhood nuisance. 

Frushon says in addition to autism, her 10-year-old also has ADHD and OCD.  She says the chickens ease Anthony's anxiety and make him more sociable. 

Frushon says she's now forced to go before a town committee in an attempt to change the ordinance. 

Meantime, Brownsburg Planning Director Todd Barker says he spoke with Frushon and has outlined the process involved in making the chickens legal, should the board of zoning appeal approve her filed petition.

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