Cussing cockatoo at center of non-neighborly noise dispute in R.I.

A cockatoo that utters curses - though not this one - is in the middle of a noise dispute between neighbors in Warwick, R.I.
(CBS/AP) WARWICK, R.I. - A Rhode Island woman is accused of training her cockatoo to cuss at her neighbors, thus violating an animal-noise ordinance.

The Providence Journal reports that Lynne Taylor is accused of training the bird, Willy, to utter expletives at the couple - who just happen to be Taylor's ex-husband and his girlfriend.

A Warwick municipal court judge on Thursday denied Taylor's request to dismiss the case.

The neighbors, Kathleen Melker and Craig Fontaine, say they have been subjected to repeated curses from the bird, at one point for 15 minutes at a time.

The animal noise ordinance imposes a small fine on any pet owner whose animal creates habitual noise.

A judge has issued restraining orders telling the two women to have no contact...i.e., buzz off.


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