North Idaho

A chicken walks into a Kootenai County courtroom ...

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Spirit Lake woman is fighting a ticket she received for failing to restrain a chicken, and even brought the chicken to court Monday.

Cindy Tefft says her pet chicken, Grace, apparently escaped her pen, and jumped the fence into her neighbor's yard.

"My neighbor said that my chicken trespassed onto her property," Tefft said.

It just so happened to be the yard of a neighbor she says she's had problems with for a number of years.

Police cited Tefft for failing to restrain her chicken, so she decided to fight that ticket in court.

"I'm confused as to why my chickens didn't get any kind of warnings before I got a ticket," Tefft said.

When Tefft decided to fight the ticket in court, she decided to bring Grace the chicken along with her. Her only hurdle was getting it past security, so she registered her chicken as a service animal. With Grace security in a pet carrier she made it through security without a problem.

There was no clucking in court as Tefft waited to speak to the judge. She didn't get to argue her case just yet, but pleaded not guilty to the ticket against her.

Tefft says she plans to take it to court, and will seek legal counsel. She had not decided Monday whether she would seek her own legal team, or take a public defender.

There's no word yet on whether Grace will testify in court.


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