For some residents of East Harlem, every morning is a rude awakening to the sound of roaming roosters — so after months of sleeplessness they called "NY1 For You.”
NY1’s Susan Jhun helped them out and filed this report:
“Cock-a-doodle-doo, all day long,” says East Harlem resident Danielle Moore.
There's no rest for the weary on Moore’s block. That’s because a bunch of free-roaming roosters are wreaking havoc on residents’ sleep.
“It's like they're having a contest: who can crow the loudest and the longest,” Moore said. “There's between eight and 12 roosters back there.”
Residents say the crowing starts at the crack of dawn and goes all day long.
“At 4 a.m. they are my alarm clock,” said Stephanie White. “And they continuously crow until 6 a.m., 8 a.m. and to 10 a.m., all day long during the day. I work every day. When I'm home I need peace. I was home sick the other day, and I couldn't even rest.”
Moore and White say they moved into the neighborhood seven months ago and have complained about the animals ever since. Although the roosters roam free and nobody claims ownership, residents say they always return to a parking lot on 116th Street where an attendant feeds and cares for them.
“I have witnessed him feeding the roosters,” White said.
The residents contacted the ASPCA and Animal Control and were told that under The New York City Health Code, roosters are illegal in the city. Both women filed complaints with the city’s Health Department, but months later they are still waking up to the crowing.
“They're telling us one thing, and then nothing is been done,” said White.
That's when "NY1 For You" went to work.
We called the Health Department and we were told the responsibility lies with the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development since the lot where the roosters roam is city-owned.
The HPD told us it had first been trying to find out who owns the roosters. But now, because of this story, HPD had Animal Control remove them.
“Last night I slept like a dream,” Moore said the next day. “I was the most peaceful night of sleep I have had since I got here. I’d like to personally thank NY1 and Susan Juhn, because you guys were as relentless as I was in getting rid of the roosters.”
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