The case of the cussing cockatoo: Bird owner perched to appeal fine

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. - The owner of a foul-mouthed cockatoo whose saucy squawking led to a $15 fine for violating a noise ordinance is appealing the penalty.

A municipal judge ruled that Warwick, R.I. resident Lynne Taylor broke a local law that prohibits residents from letting their pets habitually howl, bark or make other noise.


The Providence Journal reports that Taylor is appealing to a state court. Taylor's lawyer says the ordinance is unconstitutional because it gives no parameters for what noise constitutes a violation. He notes the statute only says that if someone is annoyed, then it's a public nuisance.

For a little background... a neighbor accused Lynn Taylor of teaching her cockatoo to utter vulgar phrases, cursing and loudly speaking expletives.

Oh, and by the way, the neighbor lives with Taylor's ex-husband.


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