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Fenton Township man pleads not guilty to owning chickens

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A Fenton Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal charges of possessing chickens on his property. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Fenton Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal charges of possessing chickens on his property.

Andrew Charlesworth appeared in court this morning.

Fenton township says this is an ordinance violation.

The family has four hens and three chickens at their home.

Fenton Township considers the chickens to be livestock, not pets.

We talked to Charlesworth's attorney who says the law is too vague.

"We read the law a different way from the township. We tried to come to a political and diplomatic solution in this case, the township obviously didn't want to do that they interpret the law a different way. We are here now to make sure that my clients can continue to enjoy the life that they moved to Fenton Township for," said Charlesworth’s attorney Michael Manley.

Manley says the law is unconstitutional.

Charlesworth will return to court on September 29.