Hi everyone, I think this qualifies as an emergency, at least for the birds, so here goes. A couple days ago 464 animals were seized in a raid on an animal hoarder in southern NM near Las Cruces. This wasn't just a dog and cat situation though: horses, turtles, and birds were involved too. The final count is at the bottom of this post. Several of the birds seized were poultry who will need to be rescued. Many of the birds are apparently "ailing" (which is media-speak for dying) and in any case ALL must be quarantined. I've been in touch with Joe Jacquez from the animal control division and he said the birds and other animals are being evaluated for illness, so the ones that can be released won't be released for another week. Sometime next week he may have some numbers for us. The exact roo/hen count is not known and neither is the age or breed of the birds. At the moment we don't know how many of the birds are healthy enough to make it, or how many will be in condition to be adopted, or what their disease exposure will be. If birds make it through the medical screening, we WILL need the following: - New Mexico and area volunteers to take in whatever birds make it through the screening, and this will include quarantine responsibilities. I can drive birds as far north as Albuquerque. - A quarantine expert (Jean? Miss Prissy? Anyone?) to answer questions - Someone who knows about bird diseases to talk about symptoms and remedies especially during the quarantine stage Thanks, Squeaky .... and the shocking tally as reported to the newspapers is: Birds --------- 260 pigeons 74 parakeets 12 doves 3 lovebirds 2 finches 1 parrot 40 chickens 12 ducks 2 geese 1 turkey 1 peacock Other animals -------------------- 18 goats 18 rabbits 11 dogs 3 sheep 3 horses 2 cats 1 turtle.