Fight Ground woman fights to keep peacocks on her residential or commercial property

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI)– Tommie Perdue stated two peacocks have ended up being a staple in her Goldsberry Road community.

“Nobody grumbles,” stated Perdue. Everyone resembles, ‘Oh the peacocks are here.'”

They’ve been a welcome addition to the large selection of wild animals that roam the 44-acre property.

“The only distinction in between those birds and the rest of these animals is that they cross the roadway too slow,” she stated. “I do not feed them. I don’t maintain them. They’re safe here, and they’ve never ever harmed anybody,” stated Perdue.

The truth they cross the road is exactly what troubles Tippecanoe County Animal Control. The pair has actually been considered a public annoyance.

“Nobody has actually hit them,” Perdue described. “They’re huge. You see them out there.”

Perdue has actually been provided a choice: cage the birds or find them a brand-new house. She stated she’s sought advice from professionals about it, and the outlook isn’t excellent.

“After being free variety this long, they might pass away in the cages,” she stated. “They’ll start combating the cages. They’ll throw themselves against the walls. They’ll stop eating.”

Perdue said rehoming isn’t really an option either.

“Even bird and veterinary specialists can not guarantee that they’re not going to aim to get home,” she included.

Perdue said the birds have survived on the residential or commercial property for years. She said the citations started when animal control started to utilize a nearby shelter.

Perdue’s fiance Koda Ordille stated eliminating them would be a disappointment to the neighborhood.

“A lot of people get excited when they see them or hear them,” stated Ordille. “I imply, people increase and down and make peacock noises.”

Perdue has been summoned to court on Dec. 1. She said the neighborhood has actually revealed assistance through social networks and some may even show up in the courtroom.

She hopes the outcome is exactly what’s best for the birds.

“They came here,” said Perdue. “They’ve been here practically 20 years and almost 30 years. I’m signing their death certificate. If I do not combat for them, who will?”

Animal Control Officer Seth Kirkendall declined an on-camera interview since of the pending court date. Nevertheless, he stated due to the fact that no animal can be unrestrained in the county the birds breach a county ordinance. He said wandering on the road makes them a public annoyance and he’s just trying to keep the public safe.