Warning: Photos are graphic and disturbing. If you have a sensitive stomach, read this in the bathroom. And by the way, I selected the most tasteful photos sent to me.
First, you’re horrified. You can’t believe what you’re seeing. It’s like watching a traffic accident. Then, you cry. Finally, you get really angry. I’m talking really pissed off. In the past week I have heard of two hoarding situations in the last week in which dozens and dozens of birds were kept in deplorable conditions and required outside assistance and funding to try to make everything right. What in God’s name is going on here and what started this? What the hell? Who’s bright idea was it to get a bunch of birds, cram them in cages and try and keep up with the resulting mess? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s us.
Whether we like to admit it or not, the people who are responsible for these tragedies are indeed members of the avian community. They may be the Wicked Step-Mother, the “Jerky Brother-in-Law” or even the Columbine Killers of our community, but they are indeed “Keepers of Birds.” If that’s what you want to call it.
I can hear some people thinking, “Oh, no they’re not! I would never end up like that! That’s just awful!”
Yes, it is awful. And I’ll bet that when these people got their first bird,they never imagined the environment would end up like this:
I refuse to believe that the people responsible for this unholy hoard of hell meant for this to happen. But it did. And now that it did, they refuse to give up the birds, and want the relinquished birds back. I don’t know how this makes any sense, but that’s what has been related to me.
“There but for the grace of God go I.” I’m not big on religious imagery but it’s fitting.
The difference in this particular mess is the fact that this guy set these birds up to breed. Obviously things didn’t work out too well for him. What he ended up with was heinous, and hideous. But he didn’t see it. He couldn’t see it, because if he could, he never would have let it get in this condition.
Many would ask, “Where was his family?”
I can’t answer that.
“Where were his friends?”
I can’t answer that one either.
All I know is that now that the cavalry has arrived, it has become a fight. The Troy, Ohio homeowner is furious and wants the birds he signed over, returned to him. Why? He didn’t feed them, didn’t take care of them, and now he wants them back? Bite me. I’m sorry, but I don’t even think this is a bowl of water anymore. It’s a bowl of pathogens:
It reminds me of the news story I read a while back about how Michael Vick asked to have a dog for his family. He was kidding, right?
I always have the same thing go through my mind whenever I see crap like this: What did those birds ever do to deserve that? Nothing. They are innocent victims of this Avian Auschwitz. It simply slays me. The twisted part of this entire situation is that I’m afraid the law is probably going to be on his side. I’m all for the rights of the individual. But not when it gives him license to kill. The Miami Valley Rescue is a young and new rescue on the scene. They’re probably going to need to get an attorney now and fight the man responsible for this mess.
My first instinct is to run my boney rear end up there and help. But it’s a standoff right now and it seems that the Humane Officer wants to give the Breeder two weeks to “clean up the premises.”
Umm, no. First of all, the birds remaining won’t last two weeks in those conditions. And how in the hell are you going to clean this up in two weeks? And how would you do this with 80 birds flying loose in there? The chemicals needed to clean this trash heap up would probably kill them. They probably have respiratory issues due to inhaling all the crap in the air as it is.
Something else really honks me off: If these were dogs or cats, they would have been out of there weeks ago.
So, I’m doing what I can to help those already involved. I’m trying to get the word out and get people to donate through Pay Pal and some of the generous retailers who posted replies on my previous post. But the case is still in a state of flux: The Humane Officer will not release the birds but it is clear that these birds are going to need Vet work and testing.
Kim Seitzs of the Miami Valley Bird Rescue has set up their Pay Pal account to handle the cost of the Vet visits, once this entire debacle plays out. There are going to be big costs for those plates used for cultures, medications, outside lab work etc. Go to Pay Pal and search this email address to donate for Vet costs:
While the case is still in a state of flux, the media has its nose in the wind and are beginning to get interested in this case. Once pressure has been put on the local authorities, we might see some movement. Right now, it seems to me that the family involved has become defensive. Fine. But these photos are indefensible.
I’m a big believer in education. And I’m a huge believer in information. But I’m not sure there is redemption underneath all of this chaos.
August 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Thank you! This needs to be shouted from the highest hilltops. Abuse is abuse. Human or animal. If these were livestock standing in the yard starving and dying you bet your ass they would be in there in a heartbeat. What is this? Out of site, out of mind. The INHUMANE Office needs to be removed from that position.
August 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm
I myself have donated for this cause, but it’s going to cost many more thousands of dollars to both feed and fight for these poor creatures. Who in their right mind would consider this person mentally stable enough to clean up this pig pen (apologies to the pig!) in the allotted time and get his birds back in order and not do the same damn thing all over again??? The photo of the bathroom is particularly disgusting, but I can’t imagine what the bird rescuers were seeing upon entering that horrible place. Good luck, and my thoughts and prayers go out to these folks who are fighting for these birds!
August 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Since animal control is considering giving his birds back, I think we need local phone numbers to animal control. I think we need to call and be the voice of reason for these birds.
I went on a dog hoarding case with a very well known national agency, 165 dogs were seized. Later I found out 155 dogs were put down.
August 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm
being a resident of Ohio this is what I was told by animal control , The law states that animals are considered property and therefore you cannot just go and take someones animals . I think the law in Ohio needs to change . Im thinking half these animals will probably have to be put down because their lungs will just be too far gone to be well again . It is a shame and I heard of another case in Tn this am where a lady had 20 quakers in a parakeet cage . It makes me sick and I have three quakers and love them to oieces .This whole animal abuses I have been hearing about are making me sick .
August 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm
That is so distgusting and yet so sad nothing deserves this kind of condition poor parrots
August 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm
I immediately send some money through paypal. What a horrible thing …
August 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm
So very sad. I just don’t have words to express the way this makes me feel. I’m sharing on Facebook for my other friends with avian interests. Let’s get the word out and some money coming in to help these birds.
August 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm
This is Outrageous. That the AC even considers returning these birds to that disgusting place and abusive owner is beyond comprehension. Yes, a petition must be started. This Troy, Ohio human is obviously mentally unstable and incapable of providing even the most basic care. Contact all the legislators etc. and support those fighting on behalf of these birds.
August 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm
I heard on the news tonight that this elderly man is saying that the rescue stole his birds and he wants them back and the laws being so crazy I would not doubt he will have the birds returned to him . They had a local vet on and he said the birds that are still there are apt to die if they dont get out of there . I think in this case death would be a better option than staying in that hell hole !!!!
August 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Yet another reason why the commercial pet parrot trade needs to be banned!
August 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm
This is one obviously bad situation, NOT to be held up as “why the commercial pet trade needs to be banned!” Totally illogical statement based on emotion and a sip or two of the AR Kool-aid that pushes the BIG LIES [see Alinski’s ‘Rules for Radicals’] that vilify animal breeders in general. If the pictures are even remotely accurate, the man must have mental issues, and I can’t imagine leaving the birds in that situation–most areas of the country, the birds would be long gone and the owner would be *strongly pressured* (threats of prosecution, vet and care bills, etc.) to release the animals. Why that hasn’t happened here is not clear–what AC supposedly says doesn’t jibe with reality.
August 9, 2011 at 1:17 am
That is a totally illogical knee jerk reaction to an isolated, extreme situation. Don’t punish those of us who love and give the best possible care to our birds!
I am thankful for the breeders who made it possible for me to have my wonderful Eleanora Cockatoo, Yellow Nape and Quakers. How sad and boring life would be without our pets. I have no reason to believe, from my interaction with them, that they are anything but happy. My cockatoo is a therapy bird and brings so much enjoyment to folks who have never ever seen an exotic bird up close– and he enjoys the admiration of his own personal fan club.
August 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm
Sadly, you are very mistaken. Unfortunately this situation is not an isolated event. A month ago Florida Parrot Rescue and PAPR were called in to seize 27 birds from a situation very similar in nature to this one. Except in that situation over 70 birds were found dead. Some of the living birds were placed in cages with dead birds. These situations are happening all over the United States. Perhaps you don’t hear about them. They don’t get reported on the news as much as they should. If a similar situation happened to dogs, cats, or horses it would be on every national new station. Consider yourself lucky you have never had to experience a situation like this first hand. It is truly horrific.
August 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Breeding parrots, even under optimal conditions, is still unethical as long as many parrots don’t have a proper home. If one truly cares about parrots and wishes to raise them, they should adopt parrots in need of a home, not bring new parrots into the world and then exploit them for financial gain.
August 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm
I totally agree with Colleen, under NO circumstances should birds be in captivity in the first place, much less bred for the “pleasure” of us so-called humane humans. NO parrot is happy in captivity. I don’t care what Judy thinks, she is in denial. What if we cut her arms off at the elbows, ground her teeth, put her in a cell/room only went in to visit/feed/handle/talk to her if/when we decided to, and then only for a few seconds? I had a breeder tell me once many years ago that he believed that birds had NO concept of time therefore they were happy with even those few seconds of attention. NOT! Birds belong free/wild, not pets to stroke our pleasure. Yes, it is caused by all of us who have contributed to the confinement of BIRDS…..created to FLY FREE!!
August 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm
I don’t understand why they are giving the person 2 weeks to clean it up when the building is condemned? Even if it were not condemned, there is no way in hell that place would be cleaned up enough for anything to live there. A little common sense goes a long way!!!
August 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm
Thanks for getting the word out. I still can’t wrap my brain around this one.
There is a photobucket account with all the pictures. Would you consider posting to generate more donations? I can post it in a comment if you approve.
August 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Melissa, I appreciate that, but it was all I could do to post these “soft” pictures of the reality of the situation. I’m just not ready for those photos being released here. My blog is, for the most part a soft landing for people and I think everyone has the general idea. It was all I could do to sift through them to find photos i could cope with here. I’m not denying the reality of the situation, but I don’t want to exploit it either.
August 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm
What about the person’s mental health? If it can be shown that the filth was due to a mental illness, it really isn’t his fault. That doesn’t make it any more right, but it explains it, and should be a push to local authorities to help both the person and the animals. I haven’t looked at all the photos yet, but quite a few, and something stood out in them that told me this person did care about the birds in a responsible way at some point. The ceiling fan blades have been removed. I pray that all involved will be taken care of in the ways that they need, and that none will suffer more than they already have. If
August 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Amy, I have a feeling the birds removed the fan blades.
August 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm
just sad, I Own a parrot rescue here in ontario canada (Treasured wings parrot rescue)which to have our birds we are registered in our area, which our rescue is very strict about cleaning and feeding , and vets, it breaks my heart to see these poor birds go through this , the best thing is to get them out, why they are allowing him to clean up the place is crazy, it ovioulsy did not get like that in 2 weeks these birds should not have to go through another minute of this torture that they did not ask for !!!!
August 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Patricia, I’m so sorry that things have become the way they have. I agree, parrots don’t have nearly the voice of “mainstream pets”. Even then, “mainstream pets” have just as horrid conditions still. But, yes, we definitely need to mount a large, screaming campaign to prevent this man from getting these birds back. The images should be enough documentation to 1. condemn the home and 2. prevent the man from getting back his bird. I’ll be donating whatever help I can for the case shortly. Is the biggest issue money or supplies or both?
August 7, 2011 at 12:00 am
Right now, we are looking towards the costs for the vet, who has been donating his time, but vet supplies cost money when you are dealing with 80 or so birds especially. Food is all right for now, and I’m hoping Greg Harrison will work with us again. I”m really thinking the media pressure will make the peopel who have not been doing their job, DO it, because I don’t think there is anyway in hell they can explain why those birds were left there. Get them out, then work through ther legal process. So bring on the donations, large or small, they all add up.
August 7, 2011 at 9:10 am
The only thing that will clean that place up is a high pressure hose and then take it from there. The building will collapse because of the rot. I am gob smacked. I know how much work 7parrots give. What was he thinking? OMW THE POOR BABIES.
August 7, 2011 at 9:21 am
This is pathetic! My rescue in Orlando, Florida rescued 27 birds from a horrible hoarder / neglect situation. Unfortunately, we found over 70 birds already dead, and in various stages of decomposition… Our costs have been astronomical, and aren’t over yet. The owner of the birds is still pending charges. Parrots As Pets Rescue, and Florida Parrot Rescue teamed up together to rescue those poor birds still alive. They, I am happy to say, are all doing well now though. One had to have surgery, but is doing well.
Parrots As Pets Rescue
August 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Very, very powerful piece, Patricia. Have sent $ to Judith, and will try to find other ways to help.
August 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm
As to where the family and friends are: they could have tried countless times to help him. But until HE himself realizes there is a problem, he will just keep doing it over and over again. It’s difficult to get through to a mentally ill person when they don’t think they have a problem. It’s difficult for family and friends to hang in there. There may have even been intervention situations…in which case he most likely chose the birds over everyone…even himself.
August 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Well obviously if he chose the parrots over himself, you would think that the parrots would have been taken care of…or maybe I just don’t get it. I definately cannot believe these situations…I’m pissed
I said to a friend just moments ago that I would make sure that my birds were fed before me and if I couldn’t provide for them (god forbid) they would be given to someone I knew and screened. I really feel that if I was in the situation to have all those birds, (and it could happen) my bird room would still be the cleanest room in the house.
Also, about the comment that was stated by: the zen parrot: Yet another reason why the commercial pet parrot trade needs to be banned!
I agree, Why: because there are soooo many parrots in rescues that need good homes with lots of TLC
August 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm
As horrid as these pictures are, they were desperately needed to prove what these poor sweet birds are going through. Birds need to be shown the same consideration that dogs and cats are shown in the justice system. Why they aren’t, is beyond me. They are all God’s creatures who need love and care to thrive. I am extremely angry at the doofus that believes he should get his birds back! Anyone capable of such abuse needs to be put away for a very long time. Yes, this person is mentally ill, however, one must be accountable for his/her actions that harm others. If the illness causes the inability for personal accountability, then the innocent victims need to be removed from that person. Hopefully, in this case and others like it, justice will be served and the innocent protected.
Thank you, Patricia for all the education, guidance and care you give your followers. I have learned so much from you and my birds are better for it.
August 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Free the Troy Birds Phone/Email Campaign http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176420882427326
August 8, 2011 at 1:10 am
Here is another article pertaining to this case 😦
August 8, 2011 at 4:30 am
So we must all learn from this, work together, and find a way to STOP THIS MADNESS! As usual, Patricia, thanks for your sense and sensibilities….(borrowed title)……….
August 8, 2011 at 6:21 am
This has got to be the most revolting situation I have ever seen and the fact that no one can do anything about it is diabolical. It is down right evil.
August 9, 2011 at 11:48 am
Yes, it is diabolical and the fact is, if you read the OH statute, the law DOES give the power to seize those birds and charge the perpetrator with animal cruelty. What’s just as criminal, IMHO, is that those who have the power, under the law, to intervene refuse to do so. As someone else mentioned, if that had been dogs or cats they would have been seized and adopted out long ago! Sounds like there needs to be a public outcry within the area where those poor birds are imprisoned, to force the hand of those who are dragging their feet. We definitely can call and write, but if those who vote them in were to rise up and demonstrate, that would have a bigger impact on them. I do hope the vet follows through. Does anyone know if he has the OH Veterinarian Board, or whatever it is called, taking a stand???
August 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Being a Troy resident I would love to know where he lives. It’s sad to see that a fellow Troy resident let alone a potential neighbor would do this. If the inside looks like that there must have issues with the outside of his property. We have ordnances around here. This is a perfect example why they need to be enforced. Should he get his birds back…absolutly not. If he let it get this bad to start with he’ll do it again.
August 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm
That cannot be fixed in 2 weeks. but birds can disappear in that time. They should take them all and then let him clean and fix the place. Then….think about giving one or two back….maybe. and never to breed ANYTHING again !
August 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Patricia – thanks for this posting = I know you and I have spoken about the several situations of abuse / neglect of birds in the past month. It needs to be brought to the forefront.
Just so everyone knows Ohio ranks number 45 in animal cruelty laws – right now there is a movement call the http://www.nitrofoundation.com that is trying to change these laws in Ohio and also the “The Pet Postcard Project” also has joined in this campaign – if you get a chance check this out and help out ..
It just seems ironic that there is a HB in Ohio called Nitros law which was introduced in February – so the push should be made to get this thru now we have more evidence to support it.
So everyone knows this man is a hoarder of not only birds but any item around … the house was condemned 10 yrs ago and he moved out to live with his sister. I don’t understand why the home is still standing if it was condemned and it is said that Animal Control has known about this situation for a long time and has done nothing … I guess no one has a conscious in Miami County Animal Control ..
So please pray something is done before it is too late – that is if it isnt too late already
August 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm
My understanding is that we can funnel donations to firstname.lastname@example.org? I have contributed to the cause and feel the need to do so much more. Hoarding of this nature does not become cured in two weeks. Even if it could, not one of these poor creatures should have to endure this environment one second longer. It is appalling and unconscionable. I took a moment to prevue the Ohio cruelty to animals statutes. It seems clear that the law provides the authority to take action and to promptly remove these birds from the premise. I am also of the belief that the presiding District Attorney should be spurred into action. Yes, the animals would risk being involved in a drawn out court battle, but I can’t imagine they would be any worse off. And by the looks of this “home” and the owner’s rumored illness, I would lay odds that the prosecutor could soon offer an enticing deal so that the animals could be permanantly relinquished to appropriate caregivers in lieu of the charges being reduced. These pictures speak to me and I intend to make my voice be heard from California all the way to Ohio. In the meantime, may God have mercy on their poor, defenseless souls.
August 9, 2011 at 12:37 am
Visit http://www.troyohio.gov to find contact info for the appropriate authorities. I fired of a load of emails today. Rumor has it that they are asking for people to stop emailing and calling. So… Keep emailing and calling! I will be in Troy on Thursday and intend to drop off a donation in person and volunteer to foster a bird.
August 9, 2011 at 12:43 am
Just an update from the Parrot Posse: a check in the amount of $3.450.00 is on its way to Dr Brauer, who is caring for ten birds and fighting to get the rest out, for their medical care. A hundred donors from the US, Canada, Germany, Australia and Kuwait made this donation possible and as checks come in, it looks as if we may get another thousand dollars for their care, plus we had about 200 pounds of food in Ohio. A huge thank you to everyone who made this donation possible: the folks at the vet clinic were absolutely floored by your generosity. Judith Archer for the Parrot Posse
August 10, 2011 at 8:19 am
Please please please, sign the petition, call the governor. Get these birds OUT of that hell! AND send the bastard who did this to jail!!!
August 10, 2011 at 9:15 am
Oh my God. What in the world is wrong with the human society. As if it isn’t bad enough that some are abusing and killing each other. Now we are allowing it to happen to these poor, innocent, only desired to be loved birds. Our government needs to wake up and stop being selfish. This is unbeleivable and disgusting. ABUSE IS ABUSE. WAKE UP AMERICA AND STOP BEING SO PASSIVE ON THE THINGS THAT ARE PRESENTED AS WRONG AND AGAINST THE LAW, WHEN THEY ARE PRESENTED BEFORE YOU. Criminal charges need to be brought up on this man. THE LAW IS THE LAW. May God have mercy on his soul and all that are just turning their heads about it.
August 10, 2011 at 9:34 am
omg that is so wrong .there are no words.
August 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm
i e-mailed the mayor of Troy, Ohio and got the response below. Does anyone know which bureaucratic official we should be addressing our concerns to?
Thank you for your e-mail. I understand that you are very concerned and passionate about this issue. I need to clarify to you that the news media reports are incorrect. While the location does have a Troy mailing address, this address in not within the City of Troy boundaries and therefore not under the City of Troy ’s or my jurisdiction or control.
If you wish to voice your concerns, please do so through Miami County Humane Society. They can be contacted through their website at http://www.miamicountyhumanesociety.org
Michael L. Beamish, Mayor
August 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm
I emailed the mayor also but I didn’t get a response, but then again, I wasn’t expecting one. Huber Heights seemed to be on the ball to get all those dogs and cats out of a bad situation and they didn’t have to wait two weeks……makes one wonder why that is.
August 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm
It just sadens me to think it’s true that if this parrots were dogs they would be safe, warm & fed right now. I am for all animals, of course, but seeing the pictures of these lovely birds, my heart aches that nothing is being done for them. What has this world come to or more accurately hasn’t gotten to? Aren’t we really further in mankind then not only allowing this to happen in the first place but for standing by and not allowing it to be corrected now that we all know it’s happened? One word….. Disgraceful.
August 11, 2011 at 10:32 am
I’ve been involved in a dog-hoarding case, same deal, a “breeder” who believed that her feral, near-dead animals were “valuable breeding stock.”
It was at least her second offense in the same jurisdiction, she’d been abusing animals and children for about 30 years, and it took county authorities six months to remove the animals after the initiating complaint. Three weeks from the first warrant to finally seizing as many as could be caught.
189 live dogs, an unknown number of corpses, cats, chickens, and cockatiels finally removed. The horses and goats were left to their fates.
So it is not true that “if this(sic) parrots were dogs they would be safe, warm & fed right now.” These cases happen *all the time* with dogs and cats, and can drag on for *years* with law enforcement doing nothing. It depends on the laws of an area and, even more so, authorities’ willingness to *enforce the damned law.* And it is exceedingly common for dogs and cats to be “rescued” only to be killed for the offense of having been a victim of cruelty. Safe, warm & dead.
A lot of forces came together to save the dogs in our Montana puppymiller case. The “large national organizations” did not get control of the animals, did not get to declare them “rescued” and then kill them per their usual SOPs, and a coalition of local volunteers and the national breed community ensured they would be protected. Not a single dog put down. Every dog in a home. (As were most of the cockatiels and all of the cats, but not two of the cockatiels and the chickens, who the court returned to their convicted abuser!)
If the parrot community is to do right by these birds, you will need every parrot person of goodwill on board. I strongly suggest that you NOT take the opportunity to call for bans on bird breeding. Knowledgeable breeders are a crucial part of mass rescue and rehab. Alienate these people, and they will not be there to help you save lives.
August 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm
We have had a similiar case in our community. A woman was just arrested and close to 150 birds were confiscated from her breeding mill- Hookbill Haven Aviary- Hookbill Hell is more like it! It was almost as bad as the pictures shown here but not a hoarding situation, just plain old greed. The officials of Portland, Tennessee called in the Animal Rescue Corps who co-ordinated the rescue. The did an excellent job and many folks in the surrounding area have stepped up to help out with donations. My heart is heavy because of the pain and suffering we humans inflict upon our fellow creatures, be they furred or feathered, but I am proud that so many were willing to help these birds. I pray that the birds of Troy will find safety and comfort soon…
August 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/5/save-the-parrots-of-troy-ohio/ Petition to the governor and the mayor of union. Sign this!
August 12, 2011 at 11:25 am
This is terable how sad that a beautiful animail has to live that way they would be better off free at least they woulgnt have to live in filth that has all kinds of deseases if anyone could get there hands on 1 it would take at least a year to recover if it can so sad : (
August 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm
An update. The birds are still on the property, and the humane society worker continues to be incompetent. Secret closed door meetings, and mystery vet workers. Who knows what is really going on. Since this is so shrouded in secrecy, I would assume these birds are not well cared for.
August 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm
I don’t understand how they can rescue birds in Tennessee this past week and those birds are safe now (that weren’t already dead). It is legal to seize them in Tennessee but not in Ohio? We are all sick over it and have donated and will continue but I just don’t understand why he is allowed to keep them now in a barn with no running water and no a/c or heat when it gets cold. ???
August 13, 2011 at 5:45 am
This is the woman who discovered the birds in Sebring, Florida. I’m not sure if you have heard of it, but we are going thru much of the same battle here. Our incident happened over a month ago, and as of today, nothing has been done to punish the owner. Our birds were locked up in a 12×12 DOUBLE TARPED, SOLID WOOD DOOR, STEEL ROOF WITH STEEL SIDING out in 100 degree weather….making the inside temp for them at least 115-125′!! The birds, ranging in size from macaws to quakers, were housed in tiny steel cages that were covered in spider webs, roaches, ants, snakes, rats and toads. The water that they did have was gelatinous, food was either non existent or moldy, and there were live birds in cages with dead ones as well. The caves were stacked at least 5 high, and the stench was unimaginable. I spent at least 6 hours in there retrieving 27 live birds, one at a time, and placing them into clean cages with fresh food and water. My fiancee Stewart and I were vomiting, crying and extremely upset with what we found. There are a lot of other variables in play here, but needless to say, the birds were rescued on independence day. Fitting I think! The birds have now finished their quarantine, and are going on to live a much better existence than before. We as a community need to step up and get new laws into place. Animal cruelty/abuse/neglect should no longer be a misdemeanor crime…and those who’d such horrible things need jail time, and should never be allowed to own another animal. EVER.
August 13, 2011 at 8:34 am
My heart is just so saddened and this past week I’ve not been able to think of nothing else. I can’t imagine what you went through Donnalee – Bless you for it. Some survived. How very sad.
August 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm
I experienced my first taste of animal cruelty last summer (2010) during the Harris County animal cruelty case. The pictures I saw made me sad and angry at the same time.
Things happen in life that hamper our abilities to care for our animals…health issues, family emergencies, busy lifestyle, etc. Deterioration occurs at an unnoticeable rate to those who live it day to day. It only becomes noticeable to those who don’t live it on a daily basis.
Month after month, year after year, these cases pop up in varying degrees across our nation. The question is what to do about it. We contact our legislators, town officials, anyone and everyone. Because the more noise we make, the more voices that are heard, the greater the possibility that we will make a difference in the life of the next bird.
It’s up to you and me to inspire a change.
September 13, 2011 at 2:09 am
Good news! WDTN TV (Channel 2 Dayton Ohio) reports that the “Troy Parrots” are now safe. To see the newscast, go to Google or YouTube and type the following in the Search bar:
“Birds removed from Troy squalor” WDTNTV
September 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm
While I rejoice that these birds are now free and on their way to a safe place, I wonder what what happened to the rest of them? My understanding was that there was 80 birds originally but the television report only mentions something like 18. Are the rest of them still there? Have they died? What is the real story?
November 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm
Patricia, this was truly “the blog that launched a thousand ships.” (Yeah, intentional Troy pun.) You generated a veritable armada of concerned people to help with a nightmarish situation. Kudos to you!
December 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm
You mentioned Michael Vick in this blog post. Are you aware he is now a parrot owner?
I could just cry or scream about this. . . .
December 30, 2011 at 9:22 am
Yes, I’m aware of it. Not much anyone can do about it. Had the Judge barred him from own ANY animals or pets, that would be different. But he didn’t, the ruling merely prevented him from having a dog.
December 30, 2011 at 6:35 am
As much as I agree with the contents of this article, I would like to recommend that care should be taken as to the wording of the title. By no means should the – admittedly horrible – way of treating these poor creatures be compared to the tragedies or Auschwitz.
And I’m not Jewish.
December 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm
SheiKha, we certainly agree that the atrocities of Auschwitz were unspeakably horrific and unimaginable. My heart also goes out to all who endured such tragedy, as well as to their families. So it is with the greatest respect that I suggest the title of this article is not meant to diminish what occurred there. Rather to draw attention to the plight of these poor birds and to cause us to see through their eyes how horrific this treatment and environment was to them. It is meant to shock us, to make us think, empathize, and respond, for they are important too. They lived in darkness, disease, death and fear. I think it is inhumane that any living, breathing, feeling being should be subjected to such torture and I would hope this article would strike a chord in humanity and inspire us to protect the rights of the innocent.
February 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm
Hi, Patricia. Here’s what happened after the Troy, Ohio, parrot rescue 3.5 years ago. Bad things happen to good people with kind hearts.
May 14, 2019 at 8:58 pm
May 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm
wtf? i wanna help theese babies!