Clucked Off: Angry Man Releases Seven Chickens At Department Of Revenue

It was definitely a case of “fowl” play when an Oregon man, angry with the outcome of recent dealings with the Eugene Department of Revenue, released seven chickens in their offices.

Louis John Adler, 66, of Creswell, Oregon was so angry after a recent meeting with the Department of Revenue, he took revenge on Wednesday in an unusual manner. Many people can probably relate to the man’s anger at the tax man, but few would likely respond in a similar way.

Described by police as an “angry man,” Adler was in no way chicken himself when he returned to their offices near Valley River Center and released seven chickens, right inside their lobby.

Saying in a statement, “Chicken wrangling is not a required skill for police officers,” the Eugene Police Department then had an interesting task on their hands. They arrived at the offices at 12:20 p.m. and were then faced with having to round up said chickens.

Realizing it would be a difficult task, they called in help from a local animal shelter. A Eugene police officer and an animal welfare officer then successfully rounded up the feathery invaders and took them to the First Avenue Shelter in Eugene.

Adler received a trespass notice from police was warned that should he return, he would be cited with trespassing at the Oregon Department of Revenue. Meanwhile, the errant chickens were made comfortable in a temporary, adapted cage at the animal shelter.

The Eugene police wouldn’t say why the man was so allegedly mad with the Department of Revenue, but most people can probably relate if they have had unsatisfactory dealings with the tax man.

According to the Register Guard, there was luckily no injury to the chickens, humans, or the premises during the incident, although according to Melinda McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the police department, the birds did reportedly leave a certain amount of poop on the floor.

A state agency spokesman, Derrick Gasperini told the media that office employees had previously had dealings with Adler and that he was reportedly “frustrated with the outcome.”

Meanwhile the chickens are happy and comfortable and are now available for adoption. According to Cary Lieberman, executive director of the Greenhill Humane Society which operates the First Avenue Shelter, the chickens have been in their care since the incident Wednesday, and that the shelter is now pretty much full.

“This time of year, definitely in our cattery and our kennel we’re full. We are now full of chickens as well. It’s not often we take in seven chickens at once and certainly not under this circumstance.”

Staff at the animal shelter were told by the Eugene police that the chickens would not be returned to their original owner, so they are now making them available for adoption.


Lieberman told ABC News they are “looking for a home experienced with chickens and who will keep them as egg-layers and companions rather than send them straight to the pot.”

He continued by saying that while their offices were closed on Christmas Day, staff and volunteers would be at the shelter to care for the chickens as well as the normal dogs and cats that are in residence there.

When the shelter reopens Saturday morning, the chickens will reportedly be available for adoption at $15 each.

Hear more about the incident in the video included below, where KEZI9 attempted to interview Adler at his home, but he refused to talk to them.

[Photo via Flickr by Matt Davis/CC BY 2.0]