Cypress woman sued $250k for feeding ducks near her home

ByDerrick Lewis via KTRK logo
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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The woman's homeowner's association wants $250,000 from her, saying what she's doing is violating several deed restrictions.

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- A hefty lawsuit is not stopping a woman from feeding ducks near her home in northwest Harris County.

Kathleen Rowe's homeowner's association wants $250,000 from her, saying what she's doing is violating several deed restrictions.

For 11 years, Rowe has fed hungry ducks across the street from her home.

But now, her neighbors in Lakeland Village aren't too happy about it.

According to a petition filed in court, Lakeland Village Community Association said she's causing a foul odor, untidy conditions, and noise that disturbs the peace.

Rowe said about three months ago the HOA started sending her several letters asking her to stop feeding the ducks. She did... for a moment.

"It took three days, but by the end of the third day, there were ducks at my front door crying. Just crying. Saying, 'Why are you not feeding us?'" Rowe said.

She said she was shocked to find out the HOA is suing her for $250,000.

"I thought it was going to kill my husband," she said. "I really did. That's half of his retirement that somebody is just saying, 'We're going to rip that away from you.'"

Rowe has hired a lawyer, who tells ABC13 they plan to ask the court to dismiss the case, but they haven't gotten to that step yet.

For now, Rowe has the house up for sale in case she's ordered to pay the money.

She has a message for the HOA.

"Have a heart," she said. "Just have a little heart. All I'm trying to do is save animals that need a little help."

An attorney for the HOA has not returned our calls.