80-year-old ducks jail
80-year-old ducks jail _Claire Butcher, an 80-year-old living outside of Boston, has spent the last 45 years providing bread crumbs, dog food, and other snacks to local water fowl.
But officials in Lynn, Massachusetts finally got fed up and slapped the octogenarian with criminal charges, saying that the influx of birds - and the excrement they left behind - was causing a major problem.
After numerous attempts to stop Ms Butcher from feeding the ducks, officials found her guilty of trespassing as well as ignoring a city ban not to feed the animals.
Officials said she repeatedly ignored that deal, trespassed on city property, and neglected to pay several fines.
Officials and neighbours alike are upset at the mess the birds leave behind at the ponds.
If prosecutors can prove she violated several ordinances, Ms Butcher could spend up to 30 days in jail.
Residents said the Lynn resident would bring shopping carts full of food for the fowl, which left them with an awful mess in local parks and beyond.
Some neighbours complained of feathers getting stuck on their roofs, and others were upset they couldn’t go on a stroll around the park without walking in piles of duck droppings.
‘She’s flaunting this and the neighbours are fed up with it,’ nearby resident Allissa Kummel said.
‘She’s a nice old woman and that’s her joy in life. But it’s a big problem for the city, as well…it’s piles and piles of bird poop.’
Ms Butcher said she’s just trying to feed a few domesticated ducks, and writes off the city’s reaction as despicable.
‘I guess Lynn has nothing else to do besides chase an 80-year-old woman down the street for feeding ducks,’ she said.