Judge refuses to dismiss case against bird hoarder

A DuPage County judge refuses to dismiss animal-hoarding charges against a man who was found to have nearly 500 birds inside his feces-filled home.

Defense attorney Roderick Mollison argued that the case against David Skeberdis should be dismissed because Aurora officials didn't advise his client on how to come into compliance with animal welfare guidelines or give him time to do so.

However, Judge Bruce Kelsey said Tuesday that although there is the possibility the birds weren't removed in accordance with civil procedures, Skeberdis could still be criminally charged.

In October, authorities discovered hundreds of birds, mounds of garbage, bird feces and bird seed in his home. About 150 birds were dead, and others were taken by the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club.

The case returns to court April 10.

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