SEBRING - If you've always wanted your very own chicken - not the Colonel's Original Recipe but the kind that lays eggs - 60 will be for sale this morning at Highlands County Animal Shelter.
And three horses, and two rabbits. And a duck.
This is the commission's plan to relieve the county of surplus livestock taken in by the shelter. Dogs and cats can be adopted, but not sold at auction.
"Last time, people went crazy bidding on those chickens," Director Darryl Scott said.
The fowl came to the shelter after animal control officers responded to nuisance complaints at Highway Park. Forty to 50 were sold in groups at the first auction, along with horses and a hamster.
This time, the equine include a mare, a quarter-horse gelding and an extra-large pony.
"The rabbits? One's a loppy-eared, and the other's a Flemish giant," Scott said.
The auction begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at the shelter compound on Haywood Taylor Boulevard. Bidders may come early.
Cash or checks will be accepted, Scott said, and buyers must bring their own cages and transport their own animals.