By Clifford Ward
Special to the Tribune
1:25 PM CST, November 18, 2013
An Aurora man who was living with hundreds of birds in his townhouse pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor hoarding and mistreatment charges and was sentenced to probation.
DuPage County judge Bruce Kelsey barred David Skeberdis from owning any pets during his 12 months of probation and ordered him to pay fines and perform 50 hours of community service.
The Aurora man’s hoarding issue came to the attention of city officials in October 2012. The city brought in air quality testing company which deemed the residence not habitable.
Eventually, workers removed 359 live birds, along with 120 dead ones, Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Zaruba said.
Skeberdis, 58, a computer repair technician, declined to comment, but he told the judge that he had been attending counseling sessions.
The live birds, which included mostly parakeets along with some parrots and other species, were turned over to a humane society.
Prosecutors said Skeberdis has resumed living at his townhouse. He had been ordered out while city contractors captured the birds and cleaned the residence.
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