- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man who offers a home to peacocks that like to roam has been cleared of 19 misdemeanor animal control violations.

George Lohmann of Midland was found not guilty Tuesday.

Neighbors complained that Lohmann feeds the peacocks and lets the colorful creatures stray and soil their property.

Lohmann says a previous landowner had the peacocks for more than 50 years. Lohmann says he let the wild birds stay when he bought the place in 1994.

The Midland City Council in January amended an ordinance, for regulating at-large roaming of pets and livestock, to include fowl.

An attorney for Lohmann argued the changes targeted his client, with violations that could mean $500 fines per count.

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales says the ordinance was updated to include all domestic animals.

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