COLUMBUS (WCMH) — More than 600 birds were removed from a 1,000 square foot Columbus home Tuesday, according to the ASPCA.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the removal came after a complaint concerning living conditions and reports of animal neglect at the property.
A search warrant was executed Tuesday for the removal of the animals.
Species of birds removed from the home include parakeets, cockatiels, finches, Macaws, African grey parrots, Amazon parrots and Cockatoos. The ASPCA said they were found living in extremely overcrowded conditions.
Some had medical issues, including missing feathers and a lack of adequate husbandry.
“The population of birds is simply staggering,” said Rachel Finney, CEO for Columbus Humane. “Overcrowding in this manner isn’t conducive to a high quality of life for the birds or their caretakers. Our focus now is on assessing the welfare of the birds and extending the best possible care.”
Bobby Garcia lives just 2 doors down from the home and said she’s glad the birds were removed.
“It’s frustrating to me because my granddaughter can’t go back out and play because the bugs eat her up. The smell is horrible. When I do my landscaping the mosquitoes eat me alive from all the standing water from all the birds,” said Garcia.
The birds have been relocated to a temporary shelter until a court determines custody.