COLUMBUS (AP) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says more than 600 birds were removed from a house in central Ohio after reports of animal neglect and a complaint from the public about living conditions.
The ASPCA says the birds were living in extremely overcrowded conditions in a home in a Columbus neighborhood. ASPCA and Columbus Humane officials say birds removed from the home Tuesday under a search warrant include parakeets, cockatiels, finches, macaws and cockatoos.
Some birds had medical issues, including missing feathers and plucking mutilation.
The organizations say they are focusing on assessing the birds’ welfare and ensuring they receive appropriate care.
They say the birds have been relocated to a temporary shelter until a court determines custody.
The home’s owner wasn’t immediately identified.