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3-Year-Old Florida Boy With Autism Denied Right To Keep His Pet Chickens PLEASE SIGN!! (Video)

Health & Wellness  (tags: 3 yr old child, JJ, Autistic, autism, AlternativeMed, pet chickens, communication )

- 719 days ago -
They may just be chickens, but they mean a whole lot to 3-year-old J.J. The DeBary, Florida preschooler has autism, and his pediatrician recommended that his family adopt a pet to help. Research suggests that having a pet can help kids with autism to

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Barb Knight (1691)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 10:12 am
Please go to to sign the petition. They also created a website to educate others on their fight against the council and a a Facebook group called "SAVE JJ HART'S "Ducks" to gain support and petition the ruling.


Debbie G. (305)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 10:13 am
Couldn't find a place to sign. I would have.

Tuesday December 10, 2013, 10:19 am
So signed!

Thanks Barb xx

Melania Padilla (190)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 10:49 am
So unfair! Petition signed :)

Sara P. (69)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 11:08 am
Here is the petition to sign:

Thanks Barb! :)

Sara W. (107)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 11:18 am
I'm glad this got posted, I saw it in the AOL message board this morning. Definitely signed! A few chickens do not make that much noise and they do not turn it into a farm. I've had chickens. The neighbors need to stop being so selfish and care more about others.

Kathy g. (52)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 11:50 am
I so hope this little boy is allowed to continue to care for his feathered friends, if the set-up works very well for both the chickens and the boy it's a win win from what I can see. Shame on any bureaucratic-jobs-worth who tries to destroy something that works well and helps those in need.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 12:01 pm
Signed and noted.

Evelyn B. (59)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 12:50 pm
Thanks for drawing my attention Barb - found the link to the petition & signed ...
Wish the counsellors would exert themselves more to helping neighbours understand the importance of this project as a means of enabling JJ to learn to communicate and to cope with his "difference", rather than choosing to act in a way that would be incomprehensible to any small child - let alon one just learning to trust & communicate.

Autumn Away S. (151)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 12:58 pm
with 2,787 supporters
2,213 NEEDED

desanka sandulovic (415)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 1:15 pm
I Support JJ and beloved chickens! Signer 2,808.
Thank you sweet Barb.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 2:10 pm
Here is the petition link

Still 2,017 NEEDED signatures.

. (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 3:32 pm
Signed and Noted.

AniMae C. (480)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 3:44 pm
with 3,223 supporters
1,777 NEEDED

Rhonda W. (376)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 4:43 pm
Sign this petition
with 3,347 supporters
1,653 NEEDED

S J. (128)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 4:56 pm
Thank you for signing the petition "DeBary, FL City Council: Extend JJ's Backyard Chicken Pilot Program"

Thanks Barb

Angelika R. (145)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 6:24 pm
with 3,597 supporters
1,403 NEEDED

Barb Knight (1691)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:19 pm
Thanks everyone! Please pass along your comments to your friends so they can help JJ get his pet chickens back, too!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:41 pm
Noted/signed with comment. Thank you. Autistic children are special and they should have whatever is necessary to help them.

Freya H. (340)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:42 pm
So absolutely signed! I grew up with autism, and my cat helped me enormously. Animals (non-human ones, anyway) are not judgmental and can play a very important role in helping autistic children learn to become contributing members of society. Look at me - very active on Care2, decently employed, and a leader in my community.

Constance F. (429)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:56 pm
yes, of course ~ s + s
Thank you for signing the petition "DeBary, FL City Council: Extend JJ's Backyard Chicken Pilot Program"

Emma S. (238)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 11:13 pm
Done! Thanks, Barb.

Lynn Juozilaitis (141)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:07 am
How terrible for this poor child and his family! Let him keep his pets!
Thanks Barb

Evelyn B. (79)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:14 am
Noted and Signed Tks. Barb...The human race is soooooo going down hill....I hope the little man gets to keep his chickens...

Ana R (201)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:18 am
Signed with 3,969 supporters
1,031 NEEDED
Thank you, Barb.

Alan` Lambert (91)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:13 am
Signed and Noted

Cinzia Palamara (43)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:04 am
Signed. Many thanks for sharing, Barb.

A F. (131)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:04 am
thank you!

Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:10 am
Thanks Barb ~ Shared

. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 7:10 am
#4.051 Gladly signed and noted - thank you so much Barb

milca V. (79)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 8:27 am
thx Barb, n thx Sara for the link. noted n signed!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:43 am

Ann L. (16)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:33 pm
Noted and signed. If it is not broken, don't try to fix it. We are unique and this obvious works for this little boy.

Michael Carney (218)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:37 pm
Noted, and signed...Good luck, J.J.

Christine Stewart (133)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:50 pm

Marlene Dinkins (269)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 4:46 pm
noted and soooooooooooooooooooooooooo signed Barb!!!!! J J need his chickens!!!!!! for God sake!!!!!!! this little boy is wonderful!!!!!!

Vicky P. (476)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:27 pm
noted, signed

Charmaine Shannon (36)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:05 pm
Noted, Signed and Shared !! What a "HORRIBLE" Thing to do to a LITTLE BOY...... Will these things EVER END???? Life is so FULL of Pain and HEARTBREAK WHY DO some PEOPLE Want to ADD TO IT ????


Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:02 am
signed and shared,people are messed up I tell you! grr thanks hon.xo

Judy T. (227)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:11 am
So, where's the link for the petition? The links posted in the comments looped me back to this page.

Michela m. (4049)
Friday December 13, 2013, 12:46 pm
with 4,499 supporters

Barb Knight (1691)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:40 pm
UPDATE Dec. 13 -- The Orlando Sentinel reports that the DeBary City Council will vote to allow J.J. to keep his chickens on December 18. The resolution comes as a special accommodation for him, because of his disability. He will be able to have up to three chickens.

The decision to move forward in this manner came after the family's attorney threatened to sue on the basis of violating the boy's rights under the Federal Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

"We're very happy," J.J.'s mother told the Sentinel.


Gordana S. (49)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 2:02 pm

Barb Knight (1691)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 2:51 pm
Only 379 signatures still needed!!

Sergio Padilla (63)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 6:18 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 5:49 am
S&S, thanks Barb

Ken Miller (28)
Monday December 30, 2013, 2:34 am
Just signed. Hope for the best.

Abo r. (106)
Monday January 6, 2014, 2:57 pm
noted, signed
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