Connect with us

News & Issues

Undocumented Chicken Leads to Man’s Arrest in Huntington

Published

on

Huntington – Social media was abuzz Monday evening after reports that a man had been arrested “for babysitting a chicken.”

WV Statewide News was then furnished with a video which is attached to this article.

In the video, it appears a Huntington police officer and Animal Control Officer approach a residential door and are greeted by a man.

There ensues a brief conversation regarding the two chickens in the yard before the resident refuses to give the officer any identification documents.

The conversation appears to deteriorate before the officer handcuffs the man and puts him in a patrol car.

It sounds as though the officer tells the man he is charging him with “obstruction” for refusing to provide an ID.

Reports indicate the HPD officer was requested to assist the animal control officer with the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter.

Reached at his home at 9 pm, Mayor Steve Williams said he had not been told about the case.

Advertisement

The City of Huntington Code of Ordinances 505.06 requires a “Permit for Fowl” to be obtained from the city health officer. The penalty for violation of the code ranges from $100 fines to imprisonment of not more than 30 days.

This is a developing story that may be updated if circumstances warrant.

Author

  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state. View all posts

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

Continue Reading
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Luther wooten

    June 13, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    HPD arrested a citizen on his own property over 2 chickens? No warrant, no real crime, a knock ànd talk that went bad. Just his bad luck, I guess. Should have given comrade policeman his papers. Obstruction has to be a physical act using force or the threat of force. A citizen can not be required to participate in his own investigation or incriminalization. I guess it’s our job to know all of these ridiculous laws and regulations when police do not understand the constitution they swear an aoth to.

  2. Shannon

    June 14, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for reporting the over reach of our government. Be brave, Lord knows WSAZ and WOWK are owned!!

  3. Cindy Linville

    June 15, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    The man in the video being arrested is my husband Theron Linville. He was arrested for obstruction. He refused to ID to a Huntington police officer who wanted it to give it animal control. Who called them when my husband refused to ID to him. The animal control person wanted to cite him for the chickens being out of the yard. 505.05 which they clearly was not. He was never read his rights just handcuffed and took in to the police department. Where he was told to appear in court the next day. The judge dismissed the charge over the chickens. But fined my husband 500.00 over failing to ID to a police officer. 501.02 g .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *