FAIR OAKS, CA - A Fair Oaks woman is taking her feral fowl fight to the county.
The issue is chickens that roam freely in the historic Fair Oaks Village neighborhood.
Sasha Hjerpe said Sacramento County has long turned a blind eye to the chickens that roam freely in her neighborhood.
Hjerpe feeds them and leaves water out for them.
"They were feral once upon a time," Hjerpe said. "They're not feral anymore."
She handed a packet to county officials Friday demanding action.
Hjerpe said most of the chickens are dropped off by people who don't even live in the area. They know chickens can roam free and use the village as an illegal dumping ground, leaving behind domestic chickens that can't survive the real world. She said not all of them make it out alive, or they're forced to live in deplorable conditions.
One tested positive for salmonella earlier this summer.
"It doesn't matter if you are pro or con," Hjerpe explained. "They're going to keep coming and whatever the case is, the ones that are here need to be cared for."
Hjerpe also wants signs warning of illegal dumping.
Salon owner John Castillo said he's seen it all.
"I've seen guys hop out of a truck with fishing net and try to grab chickens," Castillo said. "And lots of little chicks dropped off."
Unless someone is caught in the act, animal control said there is not much they can do.
On the eve of the annual festival celebrating the chickens, all Hjerpe is asking for is a little respect.
"We've been riding off their coattails for 40 plus years on phone books, business cards, logos," Hjerpe said. "But yet they don't take responsibility for this great mascot."
The county's director of animal care said the chickens appear to be in good health when he visited the area and does not see a health hazard to the environment.