FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a rogue rooster terrorized a neighborhood, the pecking order is back place.
Fort Worth Animal Care & Control captured the fine-feathered foe this week on Norris Street in the Stop Six neighborhood, responding to a complaint from residents.
"We got a call about a rooster, and it was chasing citizens and chasing dogs," said Tony Hiller, a supervisor with Fort Worth Animal Care and Control.
Hiller said the animal has been on its best behavior now that he's in the pen. They've nicknamed him "Cluck Norris," and he may soon be put up for adoption.
"Believe it or not, there are chicken and rooster rescues," said Hiller. "Sometimes they'll go off to farms."
It is legal to keep chickens and roosters in Fort Worth city limits, provided they are kept in a coop that meets city regulations. Animal Care and Control believes this rooster was probably a pet that got loose, and residents on Norris Street say he ruled the roost for too long.
"He's been terrorizing the neighborhood about a month now," said resident Patrick Coleman.
Coleman said he was pecked by the creature, who liked to strut up and down the street and pounce on people as they exited their cars. Coleman's grown son and his wife Diane were both scratched.
"She had to run in the house real fast to try and get away from him," said Coleman. "Every time he sees a car pull up, he's right there."
But after the rooster went after their small dog Olivia, it was the last straw. Diane Coleman called animal services to file a report, and they quickly came and seized him.
Other neighbors said they were terrorized by the animal too.
"He was scary. He seems like he would attack you, and he did," said Beverly Thompson.
Thompson has lived on the street for years, but this is the first time they've had a fowl problem. She's glad the animal is gone, but she said she might miss the wakeup call.
"I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday, and I was late getting up because the rooster did not crow," she said with laugh. "He was not here to crow."
Believe it or not, after dogs and cats, chickens and roosters are one of the most-frequently confiscated animals by the city. They work to find good homes for all creatures that come in their doors, and this weekend they are having a $10 pet adoption event.
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