WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oregon – The term Jailbird has never been more appropriate. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department booked a macaw, named “Bird.” Well, not exactly, but “Bird” went to jail with its’ owner.
These are the details released by Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department:
On November 28, Craig Buckner, 38, made an appearance at court. He did not expect to be there long, so he placed “Bird,” his well-trained 4-year old macaw in a tree outside court. He was confident “Bird” would not leave the tree with anyone else.
Buckner was remanded to custody on his case, leaving his macaw to remain untended in the tree outside. He became very concerned. Court security deputies escorted Buckner to retrieve “Bird” from the tree. Sheriff’s deputies allowed the macaw to accompany Buckner inside the court booking area to eat and be cared for.
After several calls, deputies were able to locate a friend of Buckner that was able to care for “Bird” while Buckner resolved his pending case.
Deputy Shoana McKelvey, pictured in the feature photo with Buckner and his macaw said, “Our Sheriff’s Office has very strong core values of doing the right thing. I also have very strong moral values of treating all people with compassion no matter what role I am taking. Mr. Buckner was already in a stressful position and did not need the additional stress and worry of his loved pet, Bird! Bringing the two together brought me joy and brought relief to Mr. Buckner and safety to his bird.”
CBS news reported Buckner was in court because of a failure to appear on previous theft and drug charges.