Peacock in Abingdon a Source of Contention

A family in the Abingdon Bynum Overlook Community owns peacocks as pets, but one of those peacocks makes its voice heard throughout the neighborhood.


Members of the Bynum Overlook Community in Abingdon are atwitter about one neighbor's unusual pet bird.

Lisa McNair owns several peacocks, including one named Petey, who calls loudly from the roof of their home in the Abingdon community during mating season, according to a WBALTV.com report.

Some neighbors have shifted from admiring the regal bird to despising the noise it makes, the report continues.

The issue surrounding the bird spilled over into Tuesday night's Harford County Council meeting with "an apparent last-minute request for them to vote on a bill from February that defines an animal shelter," according to a story on ExploreHarford.com.

The story on WBALTV.com stated the council was expected to vote on the bill Tuesday, however Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti said during the meeting this was not the case and the matter had caught the council off guard, according to the ExploreHarford.com story.

"I deeply apologize to the humane society and to the other folks who were really counting on this bill to move forward this evening, because I think in some ways you have been victimized by this. I also apologize to the residents of Bynum Overlook because you somehow think peacocks on quarter-acre lots in residential neighborhoods are domestic animals and you can have lots of them," Lisanti was quoted as saying.

The proposed bill would expand the definition of an animal shelter in the county code and call for minimum lot sizes of 20 acres in agricultural zones and two acres in business districts.

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Currently, an animal shelter is defined as: "Any premises so designated by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits for the purposes of impounding and caring for animals found running at large or in violation of this chapter," according to the county code.

Eric bel air April 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
This is true but the problem is most don't know how to respect others' rights or have self responsibility so we need the government to step in. I lean conservative but I do like some of the laws enacted around here to protect people from their own stupidity, or me from their stupidity (e.g., smoking bans in bars, no-cell phone or texting while driving etc).
Eric bel air April 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
For those who don't know how loud and annoying peacock mating calls are, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMGPmIxYfEQ
David April 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Krazy Ass woman and her peacocks need to go !!! Beat It !!! Scram !!!
Jim April 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Cats scratch paint on my truck clawing to get foothold so they can lay on warm hood.I dont own a cat so should I key my neighbors car?
jimmy stick July 08, 2012 at 04:26 AM
The peacock is married to the man who llives there. They are a family of inbreds.


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