I live in Vermont, my neighbor has chickens that invade our backyard. Is there any legal action possible for this situation?We have asked her to control her animals, but she doesn't listen. We've...

I live in Vermont, my neighbor has chickens that invade our backyard. Is there any legal action possible for this situation?

We have asked her to control her animals, but she doesn't listen. We've asked her to please respect our wishes and our private properity, but she doesn't listen. We don't want to be mean, but it looks like we have to go that route. I know Vermont has the Right To Farm law, but that doesn't mean she has the right to farm on our land.

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Anyone who owns animals is responsible for those animals. This includes domesticated animals (like a dog) or farm animals like chickens, cows, sheep, etc. A animal owner must keep those animals on his or her property. I would suggest calling the local police and asking them to come speak to your neighbor (you mentioned that you had already done this). The law enforcement officer will tell your neighbor that they are responsible for the animals and must keep them on their property.

Other than this, there is not alot you can do unless the animals, chickens or cows etc., cause some sort of damage on your property. If damage is caused on your property, then you could file a civil suit to force the owners of the animals to pay for the damages.

bobbo662 | Student

The problem has been solved.  The shieff got involved, and basically, I have the right to shoot at the animal to scare it off, not to kill it with a BB gun.  Also, if she keeps up, she can be arrested!  She was warned.  We have no problem with chickens any longer.