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Bridgeport 'urban farmer' told to remove animals

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

An "urban farmer" who received permission from Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch to raise chickens in the city last year says he's now being ordered to get rid of most of his animals.

Christopher Toole said Wednesday that police gave him 30 days to relocate his donkeys, goats, pigs and all but six of his chickens he's been raising near the police department's animal shelter.

Toole drew the attention of city health officials last year for raising chickens in his apartment, but Finch allowed him to keep the chickens near the animal shelter. Hearst Connecticut Newspapers report (http://bit.ly/1g3BXuO ) that Toole continuing growing his heard with little to no oversight.

City officials are limiting Toole to six chickens, because that's the number of hens residents could keep under a planned new policy.

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