Man Arrested for Fight with Pet Parrot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 49-year-old Jackson man has been arrested in Ann Arbor following a fight with the pet parrot carried in his backpack.

Police tell for a story Wednesday that witnesses reported the colorful bird was shaken so violently that its feathers were scattered.

Three 911 calls were made following the Tuesday night incident. Lt. Renee Bush said the parrot was "squawking loudly" when officers arrived.

But the bird was fighting back, leaving one of its owner's thumbs "scratched and bloodied."

The parrot suffered a red eye and bald patches. Bush said it also was limping.

The owner told officers he was disciplining and training the bird. He was being held in the Washtenaw County Jail pending charges.

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  • by unbelieveable Location: central michigan on Sep 23, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    the prosecutors will have a great victim in court...
  • by James Location: Lansing on Sep 23, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    What a lovely start to my day to be able to read something like this.
  • by Sherrie Location: jacson, mi on Sep 22, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    this guy is an idiot! icannot believe anyone could treat an animl this way...what a complete loser.....i would love to give this bird a loving home
  • by Marie Location: East Lansing on Sep 22, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    This is not "training and disciplining" a bird; this is abuse. I have a parrot, and I would never "train" her this way.
  • by JOEBLO Location: Lansing on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    How freeking dumb are we tax payers for paying for this stupidity? The man probably thought he was arguing with his wife and other people have to stick their snoses in. Good thing these do-gooders don't go to a slaughter house and watch all of our meats get prepared for our meals. We would have to triple our ticket pusher force.
  • by Arthur Location: Lansing on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    OMG! LOL! Is this for real??!!? It sounds like a plot for a Bugs Bunny cartoon! poor bird!
  • by jc on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    Discipline actually means "to teach." Too bad this went sour. Different training method and the relationship might have been good for both man and bird. Sad story.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    Good for the parrot! Sorry more animals cann't fight back when abused. Hope the guy ends up in jail.
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