UPDATE: July 7 10:50 a.m. It wasn't a very happy holiday weekend for Andrew Wordes, who returned home from a short trip to find nearly all of his chickens dead or dying.
According to Wordes, the deaths of his isn't an accident. He believes 45 of about 50 chickens were killed, possibly with poision, by "someone with a grudge." The blow is direct hit, but it's just one of many in the years he's spent fighting the city for his right to raise and keep chickens on his property just off Alpharetta Highway, he says.
On Tuesday, July 5, Roswell PD spokesperson James McGee said the incident was not reported to the Roswell Police Department.
"I understand there was an e-mail sent out but no call to the police," he had said, noting he had heard that Wordes did not want the police involved.
But Thursday, July 7, McGee contacted Roswell Patch to say the department is now working a case on the incident, which was reported on July 1.
Most of the now dead fowl were chicks, according to Wordes. Some of them were turkeys he was hatching out for their owner, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood.
"At first I thought they had just been let out of cages, but then the ones I did save started dying," Wordes said.
Even if they had only been let out of their cages, that would take someone quite a bit of effort and time, according to Wordes, who is sending away for a toxicology report on the chickens.
The timing was also not coincidental, he says.
Not only did someone have to know he was gone, but they would have to be bold enough to ignore posted warnings.
"No one ever comes onto my property, [no trespassing] signs are posted very clearly," he said. "Even the police don't pull onto the property when they come by."
Because he won a case allowing him to keep fowl on his property prior to the city passing an ordinance that bans roosters and confines the number of chickens allowed to the size of the lot, Wordes will replace his chickens and turkeys, he says. He continues to battle the city over his fowl and property conditions.
His chicks were just the latest casualty in the fight that has raged since 2009.
Check back with Roswell Patch for new updates as we receive them.