250,000 dollars, or about 245,000 euros. This is the sum claimed from two retirees from Cypress, a locality located in Texas, for having fed ducks.
Kathleen Rowe and her husband George learned the news on June 11: several of their neighbors filed a complaint against the couple, claiming that the food was attracting animals to their homes, and that they were destroying their gardens and defiling them with their droppings, says Insider.
The homeowners association behind the lawsuit says the Rowe couple broke community rules, creating conditions “dirt, health risk and disorder” can “disturb or destroy vegetation, wildlife, wetlands and air quality”. The two Texan retirees were called to order several times under the rules in force, but nothing helped.
The duck mother
“In particular, Kathleen Rowe regularly feeds the ducks in the area, despite having been informed that such activity is prohibited – and despite having consented to stop engaging in such occupation”can we read in the court file.
Interviewed by the Houston Chroniclethe accused explains that when they arrived in the neighborhood, they and her husband had got into the habit of watching the ducks from their porch, and that she had developed a fondness and pity for the wild birds. of the perimeter. “They never had a mother. I just take a step towards them.”
If the couple loses the lawsuit, he will have to pay the 250,000 dollars, which will force him to separate from his house in Cypress. The date of the verdict has not been communicated.