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St. Louis Bird Rescuer Volunteers To Trap Elusive Hill District Rooster

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A judge has granted a Hill District man more time to catch a trouble-making rooster that has been hanging out on his property on Wiley Avenue.

District Judge Oscar Petite had told Henry Gaston that if he didn't catch the rooster before Wednesday, he was going to be fined.

Neighbors have complained about the loud noises the bird makes.

"It doesn't know when to "coo coo." Most roosters "coo coo" in the morning for five or 10 minutes, he's all day and maybe through the night if he feels like it. You can't get any peace; I want the rooster gone," said Sharon Hughes.

Despite numerous attempts at capture, Gaston has not been able to trap the tricky bird.

"Animal Rescue League tried to catch him, they couldn't catch him, they had a truck and he flew over top and he took off," recalled neighbor Bill Bailey.

On Thursday, a man who owns a rooster rescue in St. Louis offered to travel to Pittsburgh to catch the rooster himself.

"It just struck us as something that would be fun to donate our time to, come up there rescue this rooster and give him a good home," explained rooster rescuer Frank Cantone.

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Judge Petite granted an extension so that the man can have time to travel here and catch it.

Frank Cantone is not actually an animal whisperer but he sure loves his chickens and roosters.

"Each chicken is special, each chicken has an individual personality," he said.

He's got 26 hens and eight roosters on his sanctuary farm near St. Louis. He has a special strategy to putting the Hill District rooster away for good.

"During the day, if he gets away, that's it. But at night they can't see, there's no way they can get away," he said.



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