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PETA wants charges against Aurora bird hoarder

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Dave Skeberdis, 57, of Aurora, removes items from his home, which housed 478 birds -- 120 of them dead -- as well as piles of garbage and bird feces three feet deep. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals now is pushing the city of Aurora to press criminal charges against Skeberdis for cruelty to animals.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Dave Skeberdis of Aurora puts away one of his birds, a Sun Conure named Sweetheart. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the city of Aurora to press charges against Skeberdis for cruelty to animals after 478 birds -- 120 of them dead -- were discovered among mounds of clutter in his home.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is pushing the city of Aurora to press charges against the man who hoarded 478 birds -- 120 of them dead -- in his townhouse, saying he needs court-mandated mental health treatment. PETA sent a letter Wednesday requesting criminal charges be filed against Dave Skeberdis. "We are pushing for Skeberdis to be charged under Illinois state statute, the Humane Care for Animals Act," said Kristin Simon, a senior cruelty caseworker with PETA's cruelty investigations department.
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    • Dave Skeberdis, 57, of Aurora, removes items from his home, which housed 478 birds  120 of them dead  as well as piles of garbage and bird feces three feet deep. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals now is pushing the city of Aurora to press criminal charges against Skeberdis for cruelty to animals.
    • Dave Skeberdis of Aurora puts away one of his birds, a Sun Conure named Sweetheart. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the city of Aurora to press charges against Skeberdis for cruelty to animals after 478 birds  120 of them dead  were discovered among mounds of clutter in his home.
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