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Brothers Charged Over Cockatoo's Disposal

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 - 2:46 PM
Associated Press - April 9, 2009 2:05 PM ET

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Two brothers are facing charges in an animal cruelty case in which a pet cockatoo was abandoned at a landfill.

Barre police say 52-year-old Bruce Laird has been cited for animal cruelty and his brother, 59-year-old Robert Currier, is charged with lying to police.

Police say they got a call from Noah's Ark Pet Shop, in Colchester, on March 27 reporting that the bird had been found near the East Montpelier landfill. A TV news account led a person who recognized the bird to call police.

Cpl. Henry Duhaime says Currier wanted to get rid of the bird after it bit someone. He says Laird dumped it and Currier lied about what happened. Currier declined comment on the case Thursday.

The bird is being cared for by a man who helped rescue it, WCAX-TV reported.

Information from: WCAX-TV,

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