Aurora bird hoarder wants charges tossed
BY DAN ROZEK Chicago Sun-Times January 29, 2013 6:58PM
Dave Skeberdis speaks with the media about his hoard of birds and his efforts to clean his residence on Aurora's east side on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:29AM
WHEATON — An Aurora man discovered with more than 300 birds inside his feces-filled house says the hoarding charge he faces should be dismissed — in part because authorities illegally seized the animals.
David Skeberdis contended in a DuPage County Court filing Tuesday that Aurora authorities did not follow the law in charging him with the misdemeanor offense and then impounding the parakeets, cockatoos and other birds found in his home last October.
At least 150 dead birds also were removed from his house, which was declared uninhabitable.
But Skeberdis first should have been given a chance to correct the problems before being cited for hoarding, his attorney said in the legal filing.
And the birds shouldn’t have been impounded without an order from the state’s agriculture department — which was never done, attorney Roderick Mollison argued in the filing.
Aurora officials declined to comment Tuesday.
A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Feb. 26.
If the charge against him is dismissed, Skeberdis, 57, possibly could move to retrieve the birds removed from his far East Side home.
An animal rescue group earlier took custody of many of the surviving birds and plans to offer them for adoption.