Originally Posted by touro1979
I wouldn't lay down so quickly. Hire an attorney who will represent you in the matter. When people get lawyers authorities tend to back down. You may be able to get a TRO (temporary restraining order) so you will not have to remove them until the initial hearing where you can seek a preliminery injunction that lasts through out the lawsuit. If you hire a lawyer there is a good chance that the city will back down because they will not to spend money on something like this. Don't let the city push you around, hire a lawyer.
EXCELLENT ADVICE!!! You could try to find the legal aid in your area, or even try the Public Defender's office and see if there are any contract public defenders in any of the counties nearby (that means that they take cases on contract with the hiring county, and still take private cases) who will at least advise you of how the legal system would work. For instance, what does your paperwork say? What is the deadline? If you fail to comply, what are the consequences? What are the exceptions to compliance? What exactly do you need to do to get a fanciers/boarder's license?
IF you have trouble finding a lawyer, you could call the Animal Defense League Fund Legal Hotline @ 800-555-6517; Missouri Bar Association at 573-635-4128 and see if they give anymore advice.
As for payment, many lawyers will work with you regarding payment. It may help if you can put this forth as a homeowner's rights case, which it is.
I will pray for you that you find a good attorney to help you; maybe one like my husband who would do a trade - maybe you could feed & water dogs while the atty. takes the spouse for a quick weekend getaway. Or maybe you make crafts for them, offer to help plan their flower garden, or could offer music lessons to the kids, etc. Or maybe your siblings would donate a visit to their timshare - you'd be amazed at what my husband has worked for! Rare books, used cars, help splitting firewood, getting a toilet unplugged, a stay in a New Mexico condo, a stay in a Hawaii condo, etc.
It all works!
We don't get rich, but we enjoy life!