Birdman of Illinois: Home with over 350 live birds, and 100 dead ones, lead to animal hoarding charges

David Skeberdis checks a cage of birds he recently removed from his house in Aurora, Ill., after officials determined he was "hoarding" over 350 live birds, and more than 100 dead ones.
CBS Chicago

(CBS) AURORA, Ill.- A northern Illinois man has been cited for "companion animal hoarding," after he was found living in his townhouse with more than 350 live birds, and - perhaps even worse - 120 dead birds, CBS Chicago reports. 

A "companion animal hoarder" is defined as someone who possesses a large number of pets but is unable to provide proper care for the animal. 

Last month, the residence of 57-year-old David Skeberdis of Aurora, about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago,  was declared unfit for human habitation when a painting contractor alerted city officials to the hundreds of birds flying around uncaged in the home, CBS Chicago reports. 

A court ordered removal of the birds. They were given to a non-profit group. 

The charge against Skeberdis is a class B misdemeanor carrying a maximum jail term of six months along with probation, possible fines and counseling. He also may barred from owning an animal. 

Skeberdis said that he started with a small number of birds but that his collection grew out of hand over the years.