Colonial Heights man forced to get rid of 14 pet birds

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) — A Colonial Heights man with nearly two dozen birds is now being told he can only keep eight of them.

A city ordinance says that city residents can’t have more than four pets within city limits.

Buddy Waskey’s permit to keep all of the birds was recently denied when the Colonial Heights city council voted 6 to 1 in favor of forcing Waskey to get rid of 14 of his birds. He’s already being allowed to keep eight birds because he owns a double lot.

He spoke with 8News reporter Jonathan Costen about having to find a new home for his birds.


“I didn’t know,” Waskey said. “I knew there was a limit for dogs and for cats, but I didn’t know it included birds.”

Greg Kochuba, the mayor of Colonial Heights spoke on the matter.

“It’s not personal. It’s not that we don’t like birds or we don’t like animals,” Kockuba said. “It has to do with how it’s impacting the neighborhood. That’s what the bottom line comes down to.”

According to Kochuba, neighbors have been complaining about noise from all the birds, not to mention that the city can’t unevenly enforce laws.

In the meantime, Waskey has until May to find homes for all his birds.

“We had a lot of offers from people to help out, to foster or to take them or whatever,” Waskey said. “[I’m] finalizing arrangements to comply with this.”

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