HILLSBORO, Oregon — He’s lucky he doesn’t face a sentence of keelhauling.
An Oregon bird lover ending up having to pose for a mugshot with his trusty macaw perched on his shoulder after showing up at court with his companion and unexpectedly getting arrested.
The Washington County Sheriff’s office says Craig Buckner came to court with the 4-year-old bird, which is simply named “Bird,” and told it to wait in a tree outside while he went in to deal with some business.
But officials say he fell asleep inside and missed his court appearance leading officials to conduct a urine test which Buckner failed.
Mr. Buckner had not expected to be at the courthouse long,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “When he was taken into custody on his court case and was very concerned for the well-being of his companion animal.”
Officials said the bird w”was very well trained and would not leave the tree for anyone other than Mr. Buckner,” so court deputies allowed him to retrieve his pet and bring him inside while he was being booked.
He eventually got hold of a friend who came to take “Bird” home, while Mr. Buckner went to jail.
“Our Sheriff’s Office has very strong core values of doing the right thing,” said Deputy Shoana McKelvey. “Mr. Buckner was already in a stressful position and did not need the additional stress and worry of his loved pet.”