Hull goes to court to stop woman feeding birds

The Associated Press
Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 8:13 p.m.

HULL, Mass. — A judge heard Monday from both sides in a dispute between the town of Hull and a woman officials claim is creating a health nuisance by feeding birds.

The town wants a restraining order against Gail Kansky, saying she has for years fed an unreasonable number of birds at her home, leading to waste on neighbors’ properties and attracting rats. Kansky’s lawyer says his client is being bullied by the town and neighbors.

The Patriot Ledger reports Hull’s health director Joyce Sullivan testified she’s concerned about the health impacts.

Kansky testified she’s complied with some town requests, including not putting out leftovers, but said she refills her bird feeder several times a day if it gets low. “My goal is to feed as many sparrows as I can,” she said.

Neighbor Steven Gusenoff called the situation “very dangerous” and said he’s concerned about the health of his family and neighbors including the Kanskys.

Kansky’s lawyer, David Grossack, said, “It’s not just about birds. It’s bullying by the town and by the neighbors.”

Housing Court Judge Wilbur Edwards asked for written arguments by Sept. 19.

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