Providence Journal) WARWICK, R.I. -- A year-long dispute has landed two neighbors in court.
At issue: Willy's the cockatoo's salty language.
In court documents, Kathleen Melker of 55 Harris Ave. asserts she was
within earshot of Willy, her neighbor's pet, when he repeatedly called
her "whore." The incident, she says, punctuated an acrimonious
relationship with Lynne Taylor of 51 Harris Ave. that she says included
Taylor pelting rocks over the fence and threats to capture Melker's cat
and "drown it in the Bay." No charges have been filed.
Taylor -- and Willy -- are now being accused in Municipal Court of
violating the city's animal-noise ordinance. Taylor's lawyer Thursday
argued the ordinance is vague and unconstitutional; the judge denied
Taylor's request to dismiss the case.