Local man busted for popping pigeons | AspenTimes.com

Local man busted for popping pigeons

Aspen Times Staff Report

A local man is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly shooting several pigeons at his home in Aspen’s East End.

The man apparently killed the pigeons because they aren’t the kind of birds he wants hanging around his back yard.

Edward “Ned” Sullivan, 57, who lives on East Waters Avenue, was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and two counts of disturbing the peace, according to police officer Rick Magnuson.

According to police, a construction worker doing some work in a neighbor’s yard heard a “popping” sound and looked up to see a couple of pigeons fall from the sky.

He called police, and they went to Sullivan’s yard, where they found two dead pigeons on the ground. They also found a live bird with a broken wing and the remains of what seemed to be a fourth bird.

Police said Sullivan admitted shooting two of the birds with a BB gun, explaining that they were messing up his back yard and that they were eating the expensive birdseed he had put out to attract certain kinds of local birds.

“He likes certain wild, native birds, but he doesn’t like the pigeons,” reported Magnuson. “And they were making a mess.”

Magnuson said the charges of disturbing the peace have to do with “discharging a firearm in the city limits,” and that he had “disturbed the peace of his neighbors” by killing the birds.

He was summoned into municipal court to appear before Judge Brook Peterson.

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