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Andover Township Women With PSTD Raises Funds for Her Emotional Support Chickens

Meena Ganti

“I live in Andover township and I’m trying to keep my emotional support chickens. The town ordinance says that in order to have poultry you need 6 acres. We are not raising our chickens for a food source we are raising them for support animals. I have a doctor’s note saying that I need them for my PTSD they help to calm me and give me purpose but the town is telling me that there is nothing they can do to help me. The town is aware that other towns people have chickens but will not be violating any of them. My question is how is that fair especially when I need them for mental health reasons??

Thank you for all you help”.

https://www.gofundme.com/save-my-chickens

25 thoughts on “Andover Township Women With PSTD Raises Funds for Her Emotional Support Chickens

  1. What the cluck?

  2. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.

  3. I love it

  4. MOVE!

  5. I heard Former gov mcgreevey has a few gerbils

  6. This is a joke story, right?

  7. What’s the old world saying the suits change and monkeys don’t was a vice a versa and I don’t remember. The state is in a real mess get out while you can

  8. That’s funny, they need a few emotion Hens in village hall.

  9. Regardless of type, they are emotional support animals. Disgusting how they are ignoring Dr orders. Just as disgusting as the ones making fun of this. It’s BS. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

  10. I wish this was a joke but it’s not! I live in Sussex County and I have neighbors that live 3 minutes down the road from me with chickens. I have suffered horrible abuse in my life and have severe PTSD. Moving is not a option right now. My girls are more like pets they follow me all around the yard and come running when they see me. They don’t make any noise and EVERYONE who ever met them love them. People in my town have them but for some reason they’re coming after me.

  11. Move?! Whoever says that is justifying and legitimizing the government, in this case local government, having carte blanche to do with your private property as it sees fit, even when what you do on your own property affects no one else physically or financially (in other words, a completely victimless “crime”). What is this, England with its fiefdoms given out piecemeal by a benevolent monarch? Good grief, the Founding Fathers are turning in their graves yet again at the sheeple many of my fellow citizens have become.

    Why is it a joke for a person to have chickens instead of dogs for therapy animals? A woman in the Highlands area had to fight local government to have a pig. Horses are well known as therapy animals. Get out more and experience the world beyond your tiny self-imposed bubble, people.

  12. Move?! Whoever says that is justifying and legitimizing the government, in this case local government, having carte blanche to do with your private property as it sees fit, even when what you do on your own property affects no one else physically or financially (in other words, a completely victimless “crime”). What is this, England with its fiefdoms given out piecemeal by a benevolent monarch? Good grief, the Founding Fathers are turning in their graves yet again at the sheeple many of my fellow citizens have become.

    Why is it a joke for a person to have chickens instead of dogs for therapy animals? A woman in the Highlands area had to fight local government to have a pig. Horses are well known as therapy animals. Get out more and experience the world beyond your tiny self-imposed bubble, people.

  13. Who does Mena know in RW?
    Why is this even being posted here?
    Just to get sympathy? Money? What?

  14. Ummm, probably because the RW Blog covers local, STATE, and national news? Up there at the top in the header right under the giant title “The Ridgewood Blog”. Also, because it’s a human-interest story, one in line with the laissez-fairs perspective, which is also in big letters up top? Maybe TRWB is just damn good at finding and sharing interesting current events. Also, why does someone have to have an ulterior motive for wanting to conduct themselves peacefully on their own property? If you’re cool with the government coming down on you and your family and your neighbors arbitrarily, then move along. What’s your ulterior motive for presupposing an ulterior motive?

  15. 1st of all it’s Meena. I’m not looking for money although I probably will have to hire a LAWYER to keep my 2 chickens. If you read what I said I have a mental illness and doctor’s note saying they are necessary for me to stay well. We aren’t the only chicken owners in Andover but I am being discrimated against maybe because I do have a mental disorder? What I have isn’t contagious and anyone with a heart would accept me but unfortunately not to many people have that

  16. Hey 5:39… you are missing the point somewhat.
    .
    Sure the blog could POST the story under your interpretation of its charter, but it DOES NOT explain why and how Meena is posting here.
    .
    How could she even know about the Ridgewood blog if she did not have some connection to RW.
    Or are you stating that Meena is posting on every news source that has picked up her story?
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    Highly Unlikely.
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    Also interesting that there is no response from Meena on her connection to RW.
    .

  17. Hey 1105. Don’t see what needs interpreted looks blatant to me too. Dont know Mena but she probably coments like you can. Who cares about a connetcion! Why does someone have to know blog’s staff to get on it?

  18. Sorry I didn’t respond to that question my fiance knows James and reached out to him for support. I’m very humbled by everyone’s love and understanding by so many people. This situation is devastating to me and I felt like I was alone until lots of people starting cheering me on. I’ve been through hell and back and I just really need my girls to get me through. All I’m asking for is to have 2 chickens in a yard where it’s fenced and no way of them getting out!! They should be rallying around me instead of discrimating against me for having a mental illness.

  19. I know Meena personally, some may find it odd or amusing that a person could get attached to chickens, but shit, others like snakes and other creatures. She raised these hens from little chicks, and they are quite friendly, there’s no noise, no mess, very contained and clean on their property. Other’s have a plethora of stray cats, breeding and roaming, barking dogs at all hours if day and night, she has 2 quiet chickens. Leave the woman alone and let her have her 2 pets!

  20. Omg people, what is wrong with you bashing Meena..I’ve know her for many years. She’s a sweet woman who doesn’t bother anyone and has been through a lot. All she’s asking for is to keepv2 yes 2 chickens that mean as much to her as a dog or cat means to someone else. Unless you’ve walked in her shoes I suggest you stop picking on someone who you know nothing about.

  21. Andover! Leave Meena Alone! Nether she nor her chickens are hurting anyone! This is insanely stupid and cold hearted why would any town bother someone about 2 pet chickens?

  22. I’ve known Meena since 1995, she is not looking for anything other than to get her chickens back home. If she had her way, no one would even know about this, but people in power have denied her her rights.

    Once again “Anonymous” people posting ridicule of someone in need. What’s the matter, too much of a coward to show your names as you bash someone with mental illness? “Anonymous” answers are just trolling bs’ers. Probably paid by the people starting trouble for my friend. You all make me sick. People complain about how more things need to be done to help people with mental illness, cry over those who commit suicide or crimes, and then riducule those who find a way to help themselves. You’re all sick and fake. She wants nothing from you people, just her emotional support animals.

  23. I don’t know Meena or why she needs support animals but I completely understand the need and hope this is resolved in her favor. I agree with 12:40. We should be supporting people who have survived trauma as much as we can – not making it more difficult for them to cope.

  24. Thank you, 5:41.

    I believe it’s hypocritical and immoral to be ridiculing someone with mental illness one week, and then crying and praying for someone who committed suicide the next, when it can all be avoided. Makes me sick.

    They don’t want to show their names though, I mean Heaven forbid someone they know sees who they REALLY are. Pathetic and very telling.

  25. Thank you Jamie I love you❤️ thanks for always standing by me life is a little easier seeing how my friends are fighting for me. Next step I will be contacting the NJ Herald I think it’s time to rev this up and get these people out of my life. I want to concentrate on my garden and have some fun!

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