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What the Cluck: Hallandale Beach Business Sues City Over Chickens

A Broward city says that a local business has run afoul of laws that ban people from raising chickens on their property, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

But Hallandale Beach's USA Express, Inc., has decided to fight the city's charges in civil court.

The biz claims that Hallandale Beach is using poultry politically, levying unjust fines to drain money from USA Express.

Though the city claims that "USA is keeping and maintaining wild chickens," according to the recent filing, "USA vehemently denies" any wrongdoing. 

USA's argument: "Like other wild fowl of the area, the so-called wild chickens are free roaming and are not housed, fed, watered, harbored, nurtured, kept or maintained" by the corporation or its employees.

USA says that it even asked the city to cough up witnesses to prove the alleged code violation.

But the city flat-out refused, USA claims.

USA says it then asked the city why it wouldn't provide witnesses.

City officials responded by saying that the decision was just "because they say so," according to USA.

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