Sheriff 'Pardons' Turkey for Breaking Into Home

A sheriff in Kansas has gotten into the holiday spirit and “pardoned” a turkey “from any criminal damage charges” after it broke into a Douglas County home.

Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister said that Tom the turkey broke into a resident’s home on November 10.

“Thanks to the quick thinking and good work of Master Deputy Dunkle and Deputy Bonner, they were able to safely remove the bird from inside the home and set him free,” the sheriff’s office said.

Video from the callout shows feathers flying as the deputies tried to catch the intruder. Credit: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript


- Well, let's just see what we got. He's a little fired up, too. Hey, fella.

- I'm sure he is.

- What you doing, old man, huh? What are you doing up here? Yeah, this is my first time with a turkey.

- He's staring at me. I don't like it.

- Oh, he ain't going to hurt you too bad.


- Yeah, that'd be outstanding. All right. Now, let's do it. Hold on. Let's do it the long ways here. That way we got more ground to cover. Easy buddy. Easy. Grab him.


Got to get his wing.

- Come on.

- [INAUDIBLE] ah. No, he did knock himself out, I think. No. Don't go through that window. Give me the blanket.

- Here.

- Don't go through that window, pal, OK?


- You're all right. You're OK. Come on, now, don't do that to me. Don't do that to me. Don't do that to me. You're all right.

- Cage or no?

- I think he's good.

- He's good.


- I got him. You got enough feathers in here for a feather duster, though, ma'am. I'm telling you.

- Yeah. [INAUDIBLE].

- I must have taken all the fight out of him.

- You did. You wore him out.

- Savior to the day. Beyond call of duty here.

- Right?

- I'll get him a little close to the wood line before I let him go.

- It's a turkey.

- I don't see anything on your arms.

- Ready to go?

- Go ahead.



- It has to be him. It's not looking like it's you.

- [INAUDIBLE]. Thank you, guys.

- Oh, yes, ma'am.