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Zoning crackdown could doom Paula Deen's chickens

11:41 PM, Jun 28, 2011   |    comments
Paula Deen (Courtesy pauladeen.com)
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Celebrity cook Paula Deen might have to part with her beloved chickens if a Georgia county follows through on a zoning crackdown in the Savannah area.

Deen's publicist Nancy Assuncao says it would be devastating for Deen to get rid of the birds, which were rescued after serving as monitors for West Nile virus for the local mosquito control board.

Assuncao says Dean holds the birds like they're little babies and has "created an environment for them like Disneyland." The publicist says the birds are like pets, and they're not used for slaughter or food.

Gregori Anderson, Chatham County director of building safety and regulatory services, says only properties zoned agricultural are allowed to keep chickens. Public records show that Deen's properties are in non-agricultural zones.

(Associated Press)

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