Workers from New Haven's Livable City Initiative say the sight and the stench was unbearable.
Rafael Ramos, the Deputy Director of Housing Code Enforcement said the bad odor was "associated with farm animals."
Inside the Rockhill Road home, workers from Livable City Initiative found nine chickens covered in feces in a crate in the basement, five running loose, 11 outside, and one was quarantined. They also found two goats in the bedroom.
David Quoka, the building's landlord, said he didn't know there were farm animals in the house.
"No absolutely not," he said. "I was shocked as everybody else when we opened the doors."
Quoka says he's been renting the home to the family for 15 years.
Recently neighbors have been complaining of the odor. Across the street, Emy Rodriguez has been dealing with it, so are family members who visit.
"They say `Grandma, something smells here,'" she said.
The animals were removed on Tuesday and taken to an animal rescue farm in Coventry.
Quoka says now he'll begin a long clean-up process, considering the smell and the feces throughout the home.
"This will cost a small fortune to clean this up by the time we're through," he said.
Quoka says the family is also months behind on rent and he has started the eviction process.
It is legal to raise chickens in New Haven, but zoning regulations limit the number of hens and where they can be kept. The city says this family was four times over the legal limit of chickens at the home.
"The city does have an ordinance that allows them to have six chickens, but no more than six," Ramos said. "And no roosters, goats or any other farm animals."
Workers from Livable City Initiative say at one point they did find roosters here.
"They want to sell fresh eggs and they love animals and apparently they lived on a farm before, but now they live in a residential neighborhood," Ramos said.
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