An American animal shelter was “in shock” after receiving more than 800 parakeets over the holiday weekend – delivered in two batches by their owner’s son who had them all locked in one room.
The Detroit Animal Welfare Group, based in the state of northern Michigan, posted on Facebook an “unexpected Christmas present” – claiming that “the birds came from a very unhealthy situation”.
He said an initial group of 497 birds had been dropped off on December 23 – crammed into seven cages. The owner’s son then returned on Sunday with an additional 339.
“The owner’s irresponsibility is infuriating,” the group wrote on Facebook, saying the birds were “choking and in need of immediate help.”
“We were in shock,” he said, “but we couldn’t push them back”.
Together with other local organizations, the group was able to find temporary housing for the parakeets.
“It really takes a village to help these animals,” he said.
Kelly LeBonty, the rescue group’s director, told the local Detroit Free Press that the birds “were very, very stressed.”
“They barely moved. We had to take them out and put them in different cages.”
The son told Lebonty that he believed his father only planned to raise a few birds, but it got out of hand and he was now spending $ 1,200 a month to feed them all.
The parakeets, some visibly injured or malnourished in photos posted by the group, will be available for adoption after being evaluated by a veterinarian.
The Detroit Animal Welfare Group warned that “owning a parakeet is a 6 to 15 year commitment.”
“They not only need food, water, and daily cage cleaning, but also daily interactions, enrichment, and flight time.”
In Michigan, owners can be sued for failing to provide proper care to their animals.
Lebonty said the group had not contacted authorities, noting that she was happy the family had taken a “step in the right direction” by asking for help.
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