DARFUR, OR (KGW/CNN) - Like many 5-year-olds, Ayla MacNab has a best friend.
He's a rooster - a silkie to be exact.
"He's kind of small and cuter," Ayla said.
His name is Dallas, and as Ayla said he's not like most other roosters.
"He has very feathery feet," she said. Ayla also said that Dallas doesn't crow that much either.
Not everyone in the MacNabs' tiny town of Dufur agrees with that.
Recently, a neighbor filed a complaint that Dallas violated the city's noise ordinance, which last year was amended to specifically include roosters.
Since the MacNabs bought Dallas two years ago, they hoped he'd be grandfathered in.
"We want Dallas to stay with Ayla and live his little life here with her, she wants to show him in the fair. We don't have any intentions of getting other roosters. We don't care about that part of it. We just want Dallas to stay," said Jill McNab, Ayla's mother.
The McNabs aren't alone in their hope. People from near and far packed Dufur City Hall for a noise ordinance hearing.
Some, brought made signs, others signed an online petition to save Dallas - it is up to 22,000 signatures.
"I would just be heartbroken for my child if my child was going to lose something that she loved for what I think is no reason," said support Karren Middleton.
After an hour debating Dallas' decibels, Dufur's mayor made a decision - sort of.
"Right now I'm not sure. I'm not leaning one way or another, I really want to take the time, let the crowds and heat of the moment. I want to sit down and think about it and really look at what's best for city of Dufur," said Mayor Arthur Smith.
Hell sleep on it. However, Ayla woke up the next morning at 5 a.m. to feed Dallas.
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