Quantcast
Connect with us

Seattle neighbors file lawsuit to stop 8-year-old girl from feeding crows that leave behind gifts in return

Published

on

The neighbors of a Seattle girl who gained international media attention for feeding crows and collecting small objects they leave behind have filed a nuisance lawsuit against her parents, an attorney said on Wednesday.

The lawsuit accuses the girl’s parents of running a large-scale feeding operation in their Portage Bay backyard that draws dozens of crows, seagulls and pigeons.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Large numbers of birds swarm the feeding operation daily, leaving behind dirt, feathers, peanut particles and shells, feces and urine on the surrounding properties,” stated the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday in King County court.

The lawsuit also said the feeding troughs are filled up to six times a day, with individuals believed to be employees of the parents taking part, and that it has attracted rats.

The BBC in February reported on 8-year-old Gabi Mann and the many objects, such as a silver ball, brown glass, a button and a Lego piece, that she collected from crows she fed in her garden.

Gabi’s mother, Lisa, told the BBC at the time that her daughter’s interests in the birds led the family to begin feeding them as a daily ritual in 2013.

“My clients aren’t suing an 8-year-old girl, the person who’s really doing most of the feeding is Lisa Mann,” said Anna Johnsen, the attorney for the neighbors who filed the lawsuit.

ADVERTISEMENT

Neighbors said they had asked the Manns to scale back the feedings, but they had refused.

“I can’t imagine living in a neighborhood and ignoring what my neighbors are asking me to do, what’s very very reasonable that’s affecting us so much,” said neighbor Janice Palm, who is considering joining the lawsuit.

The Manns did not return a call seeking comment on the suit, and it was unclear if they had obtained an attorney.

ADVERTISEMENT

The neighbors’ lawsuit seeks damages of $200,000 for, among other things, their cleaning costs and damage to gutters and drainpipes from bird feces and the shells of peanuts left out for the animals.

The lawsuit also seeks a court order to end the feedings.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch this video report posted online by KIRO-TV:

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler)

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘It’s a disgrace’: Conservative torches Trump and the GOP — saying they’ve betrayed voters

Published

on

In 2012, Stuart Stevens served as the chief strategist for Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and tried to prevent President Barack Obama from winning a second term; in 2020, he is a Never Trump conservative who is rooting for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. And when Stevens appeared on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” on Thursday night, August 6, he stressed to host Brian Williams that many GOP incumbents — from President Donald Trump to members of Congress — could be in trouble in November.

Promoting his new book, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” Stevens told Williams, “This is a very negative environment for Republicans…. There are external forces out there that make this a very tough race for incumbents in the Republican Party.”

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Mask-hating Trump supporter banned from local store after she ‘rammed someone with a cart’: report

Published

on

A woman who was permanently banned from entering a local hardware store for refusing to wear a face mask tells Vox that she's proud that her defiance of public health standards got her kicked out.

In an interview, a Wyoming resident named Jacqueline says that her local Menards home and garden store has told her that she is no longer allowed to shop there for refusing to wear a face mask on two separate occasions.

Although she was still allowed to shop at the store after the first time she came in without a face mask, she was permanently given the boot when she got into a physical altercation with an employee during her second trip to the store.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Expert: NRA had to be obliterated by New York for one very important reason

Published

on

The New York attorney general's aggressive moves against the National Rifle Association might have been handled by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a former federal prosecutor.

State attorney general Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the powerful lobbying group over claims of rampant fraud, but former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's new column for The Daily Beast calls out the Justice Department's inaction.

"Like other cases of corruption, this easily could have been framed as a criminal case," McQuade wrote. "Filing false registration and disclosure documents as part of a scheme to defraud can serve as the basis for federal mail or wire fraud, and often does in public corruption cases. When I served as a federal prosecutor, my former office brought public corruption cases on such theories in similar cases in which officials misused funds for personal benefit."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image