The fight over fifteen exotic birds seized nearly a year ago continues. While the city removed the birds from deplorable conditions a judge recently threw out the criminal case finding the city overstepped their bounds when they entered the home without a search warrant.
According to court documents, the city has held on to the birds for ten months. Taxpayers will continue to shell out thousands of dollars to care for the animals until the case is settled in civil court.
“The city is doing is what they’ve always done which is just delay, skew the facts, do whatever they can to justify their actions,” said attorney Scott Adams.
Adams said the city had no right to enter his client’s home, much less seize his birds that he spent 40 years caring for.
“They walked up to the door, they kicked it in, they went in and started seizing his property that’s with the judge never authorizing a warrant,” said Adams.
He said while there’s no doubt the birds that were living in a dark garage with no air circulation were in need of better care, his client deeply cares for them.
“There’s no doubt at the time the birds were taken it was bad,” said Adams.
His client Paul Fondren is ready and willing to provide it, if the city would just return them.
“Well he’s built over a $200,000 facility for them out in Jones with the big barn and they have air-conditioning and everything else,” said Adams.
He said in order to save face, the city refuses to budge.
“The city is not capable of admitting they made a mistake,” said Adams.
The city is digging in their heals at the public’s expense.
“We’re dealing with the city and they play with money, they don’t have to earn it,” said Adams.
He said unless someone within the city intervenes the city will foot the bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees and animal care and boarding.
“I wish someone in Oklahoma City would grow some balls and do the right thing and make this case go away,” said Adams.
While the city was not willing to comment on this case, they did tell News 9 they were spending around $1,000 a month to care and board the birds.