Loud rooster a nuisance for neighbors on Cleveland's west side

Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 06:00:16-04

We get all kinds of calls into our newsroom about any number of problems. This next issue was brought up by a Cleveland resident that thought it was worth crowing about.

"It sounds like it's in my room almost,” said Ronny Dissette. “It's like nails on a chalkboard."

Dissette lives on West 129th Street. It's a quiet neighborhood, usually. But it hasn’t been for the past several months all because of a not-so-feathered friend.

"We started getting complaints around June regarding this specific rooster,” said Cleveland City Councilman Brian Kazy. He knows all about the rooster in a chicken coup in his district.

"Within the city limits, you are allowed to have a rooster. However, you have to be on at least one acre of property," Councilman Kazy told us.

The yard where the problem rooster sat did not qualify. Councilman Kazy told us the tenants, who were not home when 5 On Your Side Investigators dropped by, were cited twice this summer and told to get rid of the rooster.  

"We just couldn't get compliance from either the tenant or the homeowner until News 5 decided to call,” said the councilman.

Not to ruffle any feathers here, but when we have viewers like Dissette who work until 3 a.m. and hear the rooster at 5 a.m., we had to start asking questions.

"(The crowing) goes on and on for about 15 to 20 minutes,” said Dissette. When he finished that sentence, we heard the crowing.

“You can hear it in the background,” said Dissette during an interview that was at the noon hour.

Councilman Kazy contacted the owner of the home.

“She did indicate that the rooster would be gone by the weekend," he said.

However, she didn't even wait. The rooster was removed within hours of our interview with the councilman.

That was good news for the normally tranquil neighborhood. And for Dissette.