Charges Filed Against Bird Hoarder

Dave Skeberdis could face up to six months in jail

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    Some of the birds found in David Skerberdis' Aurora home.

    Misdemeanor animal hoarding charges have been filed against an Aurora man whose home was filled with more than 400 birds.

    The DuPage County state's attorney's office said Tuesday that 57-year-old David Skeberdis was ordered to appear in court Dec. 4.

    Hundreds of Birds, Some Dead, Found in Aurora Home

    [CHI] Hundreds of Birds, Some Dead, Found in Aurora Home
    Neighbors described the 57-year-old homeowner as a nice man who apparently got his first bird years ago. The problem just kept growing from there. Emily Florez reports. (Published Friday, Oct 19, 2012)

    The charges come after Aurora authorities last month investigated a report of multiple birds visible in Skeberdis' home.

    Authorities say that along with 478 birds, Skeberdis' home contained mounds of garbage, bird feces and bird seed, and had potentially hazardous mold counts.

    Cleanup Begins at Aurora Bird House

    [CHI] Cleanup Begins at Aurora Bird House
    Nearly 400 birds -- dead and alive -- have already been taken out of David Skeberdis' home. Emily Florez reports. (Published Friday, Oct 26, 2012)

    Skeberdis started collecting birds seven years ago, and he acknowledges his bird collecting got out of control.

    Skeberdis admitted to NBC Chicago that he was a "slob," but said he was trying to "get these birds good homes."

    Skeberdis could face six months in county jail if convicted of the hoarding charges.