Birds seized from Columbus home still being evaluated

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The health of hundreds of birds hangs in the balance after officials with the ASPCA rescued them from a woman’s home in Clintonville.

Authorities tell us veterinarians are working overtime to evaluate each one.  Staff is only halfway through assessing the birds, and we are told many of them are very sick.

Like many in the neighborhood along Chase Road, Martha Mumford can’t fully comprehend how anyone would keep more than 600 birds in their home. However, she feels the owner’s heart was in the right place.

“I think it’s very honorable that someone would rise above and beyond to have such a compassion to care for any animal really,” said Mumford.

She doesn’t know the woman owns the birds, but Diane Newberry does and has nothing but nice things to say about her.

“A nice person. She barely ever comes out the house. Every once and a while she’ll be out there cleaning out the cages and stuff,” said Newberry.

Neighbors complained of mosquitoes and disgusting smells coming from this home.

Authorities tell NBC4 they executed a search warrant and removed more than 600 birds from the 1000 square foot house.

“No, I thought there was like 20. It was that quiet in there,” said Newberry.

A spokesperson from Columbus Humane told NBC4 So far none of the birds have been euthanized.   However many of them have respiratory issues, missing feathers, and some wounds.

Newberry wishes the owner of the birds well, and hopes the birds make a full recovery.

“I hope she’s doing well. I hope everything goes well for her,” said Newberry.

Authorities tell us multiple charges will be filed against the owner related to conditions of the birds. There is a hearing on August 22 to determine who will have custody of the birds.

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