Businessman tormented, killed blind chicken says owner

By Jamel Major - bio | email

EADS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South businessman is accused of using his truck to chase down and kill a blind chicken.

Monday, Eads resident Chuck Bryant said his family's chickens are a major part of their life, and he can't understand why his neighbor, Michael Matthews, would want to harm one of them.

Bryant accuses Matthews, who owns a local pool and spa business, of killing one of his hens, 'Foghorn the Leghorn.'

"Foghorn had gotten out and wandered in Mr. Matthews yard, and Mr. Matthews was angry about that and ran over and killed it," Bryant said.

According to Bryant, Foghorn was blind.

"She was injured when a predator attacked her, and she couldn't see in one eye and the other eye was damaged pretty badly, so she had a little trouble getting around," he said.

In a complaint Bryant filed with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, neighbors claim after Matthews saw the chicken in his yard last week, he got into his truck, chased the chicken around until it got tired, and then ran over it.

"The livestock was allowed to run at large and go onto the man's property, and began to damage his garden, at which point he did kill the animal," Inspector Ray Garcia said.

Reached by phone Monday, Matthews had no comment.

"The victim has a right to file a citizens complaint," Garcia said. "Obviously, the other side of the story is that the livestock was allowed to run at large, which is also a violation of Tennessee law."

Bryant doesn't plan on pressing charges, but has been shaken by the feud with his neighbor.

"It's amazing, but sad too, because it could have been my kids," he said.

The District Attorney's office is also looking into the incident to determine if charges will be filed.

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