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Aurora bird hoarder charged with a misdemeanor

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A west suburban man who had more than 350 live and 120 dead birds inside his home was charged with a misdemeanor on Tuesday.

David Skeberdis, 57, of the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora, was charged Monday night with misdemeanor companion animal hoarding, according to Aurora police. A companion animal hoarder is a person in possession of "a large number of companion animals" who fails to provide sufficient care for them.

If convicted, Skeberdis faces up to six months in jail, 24 months probation and $1,500 in fines, a statement from police said. He also could be ordered to undergo psychological evaluation and may be forbidden from possessing animals in the future.

The investigation began Oct. 17 when an exterior painting contractor working on the home saw numerous dead birds and live, uncaged birds flying inside.

A contractor removed 359 live and 120 dead birds from the home on Oct. 26, and the live animals were given to the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club.

The investigation found bird food, feces and garbage throughout the house, the statement said. The house had mold counts indicating potential hazards and the property was deemed a nuisance, unfit for human habitation.

The city had planned to re-inspect the home Nov. 2, but received a letter from Skeberdis' lawyer saying he would not cooperate.

Skeberdis is scheduled to appear in DuPage County Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 2.

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