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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.

See a copy of the .

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.

r gregg April 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Harford County won't do anything about lousy neighbors who feel the need to blare their music all day ...why would one expect them to do something about a peacock?
Linda Lennon April 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Anytime an animal goes onto a neighbors property it is not right. I know I have a neighbor that allows their cats to roam the neighborhood and they have caused damage to our yard and have scratched or car. Animal control won't do anything because it is cats. The law should apply to all animals. They should be confined to the owners property and not everyone else's property. No matter it be a peacock or something else.
Enza Lilley April 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
maybe if people worried more about their juvenile delinquent children roaming the neighborhoods vs animals roaming the neighborhood, Harford County would be a safer place to live!
Dadof2 April 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Really, Linda? A domesticated cat scratched your car? Now, if you said your neighbors dog was allowed to jump on your vehicle, or an unleashed dog was believed to be dangerous, then I might agree with you. But a cat? What if a squirrel were to jump on your car and scratch it? Would we be calling animal control for that, too?
Linda Lennon April 18, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Dadof2, my point is, you should be taking care of your own animals and not let them me roaming free for everyone else to take care of. If you love your pets keep them your pets! Mine stays in my own yard and my own home. People needs to take responsibility for what is theirs, such as the peacocks flying over the fence.
Karl Schuub April 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Not sure how much noise this animal makes - but cat fights in the middle of the night are not uncommon; you know the kind where they hiss and howl like deranged beings. Ban the peacock then ban free range cats too.
Kraken Attack April 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I wonder if this peacock has gotten loose recently, because I remember seeing one in the back yards of my neighbors on Boggs Rd. To the quarry: there is a better solution, just keep the boisterous peacock in an enclosed room or cage during late night to early morning hours. I believe certain animals shouldn't be allowed in residential areas examples: large predator cats, bears, elephants, and such. I remember visiting a farm in Forest Hill for boy scouts and they had a peacock, I think it depends on the animal and the living arangements.
Cee Cee April 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Amen to that Enza
Christine April 19, 2012 at 03:04 AM
We had our cars vandalized by neighborhood kids several times. Give me cats and peacocks any time.
David April 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM
The issue was peacocks , children.
JE Pape April 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Come on people . Live and let live . I have a dog and my neighbors told me they think its time I move . I have been in my house for over 30 years . They have had dogs all that time . I just got one . This happen right after I got her . She was just 6 months old . Why are people like this ??
j johnson (formerly jj) April 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM
If you own an animal, it is required to be under your control when it leaves your property. This should apply to all animals, not just dogs. Maybe it should apply to some kids also.
Mark Thomas Ward April 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM
All developments in Harford County should have Mediators that live in the communities to address these types of disagreements. A united community is a happy community..
Mark T. Ward April 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
All developments in Harford County should have Mediators that live in the communities to address these types of disagreements. A united community is a happy community..
Mark T. Ward April 19, 2012 at 01:02 PM
All developments in Harford County should have Mediators that live in the communities to address these types of disagreements. A united community is a happy community..
Tom April 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Harford County has become a place where everybody needs to be in everybody else's business. Neighbors complain about an occasionally barking dog or loud motorcycle but they miss the drug dealers right next door. Who is really bringing down the quality of life in the neighborhood? The animals or the people?
Brandon April 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
This conversation seems to me to be suggesting more government regulation, I thought conservative were against such an idea...
D.k.k April 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Have you ever herd a peacock call Kinda as loud as a fire siren Might be a little scary if you live close to that Hope you don't have bad nerves
Wings April 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I watched this on the news and those birds are LOUD. And they are that loud ALL night. The owner even agreed they are very loud ALL night long. And she acted like she could care less if her neighbors were kept up all hours of the night. Someone is going to go off the deep end from lack of sleep and start shooting some Peacocks.
Todd Holden April 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
i live on 23 acres...and yes, there are borders...and on those borders live neighbors...they fed my peafowl...and yes, the cocks came back for more food they offered freely...then the peacocks did what we all do when we eat...and the neighbors complained about the mess on their decks...well, Mr. Holden, you need to keep your peacocks home...Well, Neighbor, if you don't feed them they won't mess....'What should we do when they come on our property?"...Simple, just toss a pan of cold water on the bird...it's that simple...it deters them...Common sense is in short supply...all kinds of laws or ordinances are unnecessary and we are not in short supply of them...just use your head...Peafowl devour insects and are beneficial birds.
vicki April 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I'd rather live a peacock next door then the neighbors I have now!! At least the birds are pretty to look at
Jim Shorts April 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
So Mark, what you're trying to tell us is: "All developments in Harford County should have Mediators that live in the communities to address these types of disagreements. A united community is a happy community.." right?
Karl Schuub April 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
If you can't say anything nice...remember?
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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