State to investigate urban farm in Bridgeport - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State to investigate urban farm in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

State agriculture officials will inspect a Bridgeport farm established by a New Yorker on city land after Bridgeport's health department tried to seize the farmer's chickens.

Raymond Connors, who oversees animal shelters for the state Department of Agriculture, said Tuesday that the agency will have to look at the farm. The Connecticut Post reports that Connors said the animals don't appear abused, based on newspaper photos.

Mayor Bill Finch granted Chris Toole's birds asylum at the animal shelter.

Toole said Bridgeport health officials inspected several months ago and that he received assistance from the animal control officers.

He has announced plans to host a dinner at the farm on Friday and accept donations to help with his finances.

But Finch's staff says they're worried about liability and fundraising on city land.

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