suntimes
SPOTTY 
Weather Updates

Man discovered with 300 birds says hoarding charge should be dismissed

Updated: January 29, 2013 6:53PM



An Aurora man discovered with more than 300 birds inside his feces-filled house says the hoarding charge he faces should be dismissed — in part because authorities illegally seized the animals.

David Skeberdis contended in a court filing Tuesday Aurora authorities didn’t follow the law in charging him with the misdemeanor offense and then impounding the parakeets, cockatoos and other birds found in his home last October.

At least 150 dead birds also were removed from his house, which was declared uninhabitable.

But Skeberdis first should have been given a chance to correct the problems before being cited for hoarding, his attorney said in the legal filing.

And the birds shouldn’t have been impounded without an order from the state’s agriculture department — which was never done, attorney Roderick Mollison argued in the filing.

Aurora officials declined to comment Tuesday on the Skeberdis’ request to toss the charge.

A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Feb. 26.

If the charge against him is dismissed, Skeberdis, 57, possibly could move to retrieve the birds removed from his home.

An animal rescue group earlier took custody of many of the surviving birds and plans to offer them for adoption.

DuPage County prosecutors last month unsuccessfully sought a court order banning him from keeping any pets in his Shadybrook Lane house until his court case ends.

If convicted of hoarding, Skeberdis faces a possible six-month jail term and a $1,500 fine.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.