The owner of a foul-mouthed cockatoo who was recently fined $15 for violating a noise ordinance in the U.S. town of Warwick, Rhode Island is appealing her case to the state Superior Court.
Lynne Taylor found herself before a judge when her next door neighbor – who is also her ex-husband’s new girlfriend – claimed Taylor’s bird was cursing loudly and chirping the word “whore” repeatedly at the neighbor. Taylor’s attorney says the 12-year-old bird, named Willy, isn’t cursing at all, and had never bothered anyone until the girlfriend moved in.
“He says knock it off, he doesn’t curse at the new girlfriend,” said Taylor’s attorney, Stephen Peltier on Tuesday. “The girlfriend’s all upset about everything, if it rains tomorrow she’ll blame my client.”
Taylor’s appeal claims the noise ordinance is unconstitutional, because the town doesn’t clarify how loud a noise has to be to be considered a nuisance. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.
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