Sunday 15 September 2013

Who’s A Pretty Boy Then??

Pet owner threatened with Asbo because parrot won't stop singing

A pet owner has been threatened with an Asbo because his parrot won't stop singing 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'.

Stephen White's African Grey Buddy has been annoying residents by constantly whistling the popular nursery rhyme.
The 12-year-old parrot, who has been irritating neighbours for two years, also whistles the theme tune to 'The Addams Family'.
Buddy is fond of squawking "Police!" at full volume, something he learned from watching 'Police, Camera, Action' on the television, and also likes to mimic phone ringtones and squawks "Hello, who's that then?" when he hears a mobile ring.
Fed-up residents, who have put up with noisy Buddy for two years, reported Mr White and his pet to West Norfolk Council for noise pollution.
A neighbour noted down the parrot's every squawk for two months and now the council have fitted noise monitoring equipment in her home.
Handyman Mr White, 62, has been threatened with legal action if he cannot silence Buddy.
But the pet owner says it is impossible to keep Buddy quiet and he will fight any legal action.
Mr White , who lives with his wife Glynnis, 58, in King's Lynn, Norfolk, said: "It's a complete waste ot taxpayers money and the council has fallen for it.
"What do they expect me to do - cut his vocal cords?
"I've never had a problem with Buddy before, wherever I have lived.
"He's an indoor parrot. He never goes outside. The council told me you can train parrots to keep quiet, but I said you're having a laugh aren't you."
He added: "I'm not sure what will happen next - whether it will go to court, but I've told the council it can do what it wants."
Mr White, who also has a pet Jack Russell called Bob, was notified by the council on Wednesday that they had fitted noise monitoring equipment in his neighbour's house.
West Norfolk Council said they could have to prosecute the owner or to remove the cause of the noise - meaning Mr White could receive an Asbo.
A spokesman said: "We have received a complaint about a parrot and, as will all noise complaints, we are bound by law to investigate.
"It is not unusual to receive complaint about pets and wildlife, particularly in warmer weather when people tend to have their doors and windows open.
"This complaint is being investigated in the normal way and whilst the investigation is ongoing, no notices have been issued and no formal action taken."

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