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Wayne Newton's neighbors sick of peacock poop

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Neighbors of Casa de Shenandoah are upset with peacock droppings left behind. (Adam Herbets/FOX5) Neighbors of Casa de Shenandoah are upset with peacock droppings left behind. (Adam Herbets/FOX5)

Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, has a slew of unhappy neighbors upset with the peacocks on his property terrorizing their neighborhood.

Casa de Shenandoah, which translates to "Home of Beauty," is approximately 40 acres on Sunset Road. Newton used to live there before the property turned into a tourist museum celebrating the entertainer’s career.

Neighbors say it may be beautiful on the inside, but Newton is responsible for making their adjacent homes significantly less beautiful because of the animals that cross over to their property.

"It's just aggravating," said Chris Juelke, whose house is surrounded by Newton's estate. "They're just everywhere. Feathers and crap everywhere. They'll sit on the fence and crap down the fence, and it just gets out of hand."

Juelke said some days about 20 peacocks cross into his yard, scratching up his cars and making a mess out of his yard. He also said his family dog became ill because of it.

“Sometimes it's just big wet messes… They're pretty heavy and they've got big talons and they kind of screw up your roof.” he said. “I don't have anybody I'm paying just to go around picking up poop.”

Newton was always famous for the peacocks in his shows. His gift shop even sells shirts with peacocks emblazoned on the front. Still, when his PR team is asked about the birds, they claim they don’t belong to the Newton family and that it’s not their job to take care of them.

The family’s lawyer insisted that the peacocks lived on that land even before Newton bought the property. A spokesman for the family said the peacocks come from Sunset Park.

“They always say, ‘We don't know where they stay!’ but everybody knows,” said Juelke. “They sleep over there. They live over there.”

When Newton left Casa de Shenandoah, neighbors say he brought the peacock problem with him to his new neighborhood. FOX5 heard similar complaints near his home on Russell Road near Annie Oakley Drive.

Neighbors said the problem isn’t new, and the fight has been going on a lot time. The battle has already made it to Clark County Commission meetings.

Juelke said he has never called animal control and doesn’t feel like the problem should have to be decided by the government. He just wants to get along with his neighbors and live in a home free of peacock poop.

“I wish we could just come to an agreement on this and get it over with, because I'm tired of the whole thing to tell you the truth," he said. “If they clip their wings, I think that will end the whole deal.”

Some argue the peacock’s wings cannot be clipped because that would make them susceptible to coyote attacks.

A spokesman for the Newton family said they are willing to help capture the peacocks and bring them to any shelter that would not euthanize the birds. 

Late Monday, a spokesperson for Clark County released a statement on the peacock situation:

“The Casa de Shenandoah property has permission to have 25 peafowls (peacocks), but the birds have to be housed in an enclosed structure. There are a number of peafowls (peacocks) running stray in the neighborhood, and the County instructed the two sides to work together on a resolution”.

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