Cows housed in St. Joe County subdivision

A St. Joseph County neighborhood has become a temporary home for about a dozen farm animals. But, the sight of cows in a backyard came as a surprise to some of their neighbors.

The family that is caring for these animals says they took them in temporarily because they were not receiving proper treatment at their previous home.

White hutches can be seen from the street in the Williamsburg subdivision, where these calves have been living for at least the last week.

"I first heard some little moo's," said Lynn Daniels, who lives on the street. "I can see it out my window and I saw little white animals."

Daniels said she welcomes the new residents. But, some other neighbors were taken aback by the sight of farm animals on the residential street. One person called the Humane Society of St. Joseph County to complain about farm-like odors coming from the property.

"When we first got the call, we thought it was bogus," said Carol Ecker, executive director of the Humane Society.

But, when an officer arrived at the scene he found about a dozen calves on the property. The calves are being well taken care of, according to Ecker.

The issue lies in the fact that the county has regulations about land size in order to allow cattle at a residential property. The minimum property size is five acres and the home in the Williamsburg subdivision does not meet that requirement.

The family was given 14 days to remove the cows. They are being very cooperative and trying to find a new home for the animals, according to Ecker.

And, though the animals will soon leave the street, some residents said they liked having them around.

"It feels like I came to the suburbs but I have a little farm," Daniels said.

A member of the family housing the calves said that they should be at a new home by Wednesday.

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