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Peacocks gone wild? Animals accused of damaging neighbor's car

Posted April 17, 2009 10:55 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2009 6:52 a.m. EDT

— A pair of pet peacocks is accused of causing hundreds of dollars in damage to a neighbor’s vehicle in Harnett County, according to an animal control report.

Gary Klinefelter and his wife use their Harnett County property as an animal sanctuary, housing horses, chickens, exotic birds and peacocks.

Klinefelter said the animals had the run of his property until they roamed into neighbor Paul Williams’ yard. Harnett County animal country officers were called.

“They were given a warning, and if we get another call from Mr. Williams, then they’ll be given a citation,” animal control officer Rhonda Hudson said.

Williams said he has no problem with the Klinefelters’ animals but wants the peacocks properly restrained and for his neighbors to follow county ordinances for keeping animals.

The Klinfelters have since placed both birds in a caged pen.

“I think they’ll be alright,” Klinefelter said. “If not, we’ll have to get rid of them, give them to a good home.”

Klinefelter said he was served with court papers to appear in small claims court for money to repair the truck.

So far, there have been no further complaints between Klinefelter and Williams.