New York Neighbors Fight Over Feeding Pigeons
17 Feb 2010
Matthew Nestel, Liz Sadler and Bill Sanderson
(New York Post) - A
New York City woman who loves birds so much she changed her name to Dove
said she was attacked by a neighbor who flew into a rage when he caught her
feeding pigeons, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
teacher Arthur Schwartz said the woman is a known birdbrain whose scattered
seed attracted rats.
The feathers started flying Saturday when
Schwartz caught Anna Dove, formerly known as Augusta Kugelmas, tossing seeds to
pigeons near his apartment on East 93rd Street.
said Schwartz, 61.
“There are rats every day. They eat this stuff.
“That’s my objection. She’s feeding the rats.”
Schwartz admitted he got so
angry that he grabbed her bag of birdseed and tossed it over a fence. A
passerby saw the confrontation and called 911.
But Schwartz and his wife took
wing and drove off before the cops showed up.
Dove, 63, insisted she was the
“The guy was violent," she said.
"I wouldn’t be surprised
if he had a weapon the next time."
Dove filed a police report charging
Schwartz with poking and shoving her.
Her hobby led to trouble in the
past. In 2003, Dove was accused of assaulting Parks Department volunteer
Carol McCabe after she pointed out to Dove that feeding pigeons in parks
violated city rules.
“She got angry. She threw birdseed at my face,”
McCabe said Tuesday, adding she obtained a restraining order against Dove.
“Some of the birdseed scratched the white of my eye."
described Dove as “a little kooky.”
But Dove believed she had a right to feed
“People feeding birds are being victimized,” she said.
“It’s got to stop. I’m representing all people that feed birds.”
helped found the New York Bird Club, a group devoted to “supporting efforts
to preserve avians living in the wild.” On its website, the club expresses
support for the Animal Liberation Front, which the Department of Homeland
Security named as a terrorist threat in 2005.
Outside of parks, New
York has no rules against pigeon feeding. But under the sanitation code,
spreading seed on a sidewalk can be deemed littering.