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Thu May 8, 2014
Judge OKs Tear-Down Of Pigeon Admirer's Loft
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A South Jordan pigeon keeper fighting to maintain his backyard shelter for hundreds of the birds could soon lose the structure under a new judge's order.
Justice Court Judge Clinton Balmforth gave the city permission Wednesday to remove Boris Majnaric's pigeons and tear down a loft and gazebo.
City officials declined to comment on how fast they would act.
The Deseret News reports that Majnaric faces related misdemeanor charges in a pending case.
Prosecutors say Majnaric has ignored a city law that blocks more than 40 adult birds at a residence. They say he has harbored up to 300 at once.
Majnaric contends he's tried unsuccessfully to reduce that number.
He says began raising pigeons after retiring from teaching to fulfill a childhood dream from his native Croatia.