BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – More than 50 birds have been taken to Rocky Mountain Avian Rescue after they were found living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.
Last week, the birds were located in a home in Layton, Utah.
Amanda Poulsen, co-founder of Rocky Mountain Avian Rescue estimates that around 200 birds lived in the house.
“These birds didn’t have enough room to fly or open their wings,” she said.
Amanda also noticed the birds eating their own droppings which fell into their food.
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Authorities were made aware of the situation after a report was filed with Davis County Animal Control.
A person looking to buy a bird noticed the filthy conditions in a photo posted in an online classified ad.
When officers conducted a welfare check, the owner returned 58 birds. These animals were transported to the Brigham City Rescue Aviary.
Now the birds are receiving veterinary care and rehabilitation after likely months of neglect.
“Most of these birds can’t grasp,” Amanda said. “They are not stable on their feet because some cages did not have perches.”
Two birds were euthanized because they were seriously ill.
Another was found with a broken wing but is expected to recover.
After some time in quarantine and socialization, the birds will be adopted forever. Some will land at a parakeet sanctuary in Layton.
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“To see it fully and see what we’ve done and made a huge difference in the lives of these birds, to me, that’s huge,” Amanda said.
Amanda and Rescue co-founder Cameron Poulsen think it’s a reminder of the importance of speaking up when you see something that doesn’t look right.
“Anytime you feel something is suspicious, you should definitely contact animal control,” Cameron said. If it’s ok, they’ll determine it’s ok. If it’s wrong, you’re saving that bird’s life.
According to Davis County Animal Control, a follow-up visit was made to the home where the birds were found.
They report that things have improved considerably for the birds left at home and that the difference in living conditions compared to the first visit is “night and day”.
So far, no charges have been filed. The investigation is still open.
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