Cussing cockatoo source of neighborhood dispute

9:03 AM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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(WJAR) -- A beautiful waterfront neighborhood in Warwick is the scene of an ugly dispute: a battle between neighbors centered on a cussing cockatoo.

Kathleen Melker and her boyfriend, Craig Fontaine, live next door to Fontaine's ex-wife, Lynne Taylor, and her cockatoo.

The houses are about 50 feet apart.

The bird is in big trouble, for apparently saying profanities.

Melker said she recorded a video of the bird swearing to prove a pattern of harassment that goes back more than a year.

Taylor was ticketed for an animal noise violation.

She's fighting a $15 fine in municipal court.

Warwick police said they've been to the residence to deal with the dispute at least two dozen times in the past few months.

They've filled a binder at least 3 inches thick with police reports and complaints.

Police said both neighbors have restraining orders against each other.

They've complained about everything from throwing rocks and spraying hoses to a large mural of the cockatoo painted on a ramshackle building outside Taylor's home.

The bird's portrait has since been painted over.

WJAR

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