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Court orders couple to remove birdseed

April 4, 2008 at 3:02 PM

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill., April 4 (UPI) -- An Illinois couple emptied their bird feeders after a judge ruled in favor of neighbors who said the birdseed attracted a surplus of wild animals.

A Cook County judge ruled that Halina and Richard Rogulski are banned from filling outdoor bird feeders at their Prospect Heights home for six months, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

"I was born in communist Russia, and in Russia, there was no freedom to pray ... but not the birds. We could feed the birds," said Halina Rogulski, 73.

John and Alice Gornick claimed the Rogulskis' bird feeders were creating health risks by attracting a surplus of raccoons, birds and opossums.

Judge Alfred Levinson decided Wednesday the Rogulskis went against city laws by fostering an unsanitary environment. He ruled the couple would have to either take down the feeders or pay a daily fine of $500.

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