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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pigeon Feeder Jailed

LONDON () -- A British woman has been sent to jail for 28 days for feeding pigeons.

Bird-mad Jean Knowlson, 68, had been repeatedly warned that she faced jail if she persisted in feeding the pigeons in Croydon, south of London. Local authorities said the pigeons and their droppings were a serious health hazard.

Her lawyer Mark Whelan, pleading in vain for clemency in the London High Court, said Knowlson had told him she "looked at their little faces and couldn't bear not to feed them."

An expert from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said her kindness would eventually backfire because the council would have to exterminate them.

"Now she knows that if she feeds them their little necks are going to be wrung by the local authority, and perhaps a salutary lesson has been learned," Whelan said.