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The Nightmare (Parrot rescue gone wrong)

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by Chickerdoodle13, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    So I've been meaning to write this thread for a long time, but just haven't had the chance. Now that I have a little bit of time, I can put this into words that make sense. I was so horribly angry when I got back from this nightmarish place that I could barely make sense of it.

    Anyways, the lady involved in parrot rescue that I work for has been going to this "Bird Sanctuary" in central New Jersey with friends to help clean, feed, and water the hundred + parrots being kept in dirty TRAILERS. She asked me if I would like to go with her during break and I did because I wanted to to see how bad it really was. My god, was it horrific.

    There were about seven trailors in a muddy backyard. You could smell the birds from the driveway. My BARN doesn't even smell like that. The first trailer I entered was filled with cockatoos crammed in cold, dirty cages, the bottoms caked with poop, the waters dried up or mucky, and old stale food. There were no toys in half the cages and any toys there were faded and falling apart. I live in New Jersey, so it's COLD here. These are tropical birds. They need heat. She had small heaters (the kind that often set fires) in some of the trailers, but hardly any were turned on. I was told awhile back one of the heaters malfunctioned and killed ALL the birds in the trailer.

    Two or three of the birds had been missing since the last time my friends were there. That means they died. There was a tent filled with hutches of parakeets and cockatiels. These would have been beautiful cages for chickens or pigeons, but not these kinds of birds! It was freezing and a few of them were huddled and looked sick. I took them out and we were going to try and sneak them home, but she got back before we left. :-(

    As I was cleaning, some of the birds would come over and let me pet them. They wanted to come out, but they sit in the cold dark ALL day and get no attention. Those of you that own them know they need almost constant attention! Some were stripped bare of feathers and others had self mutilated. One had a prolapsed cloaca and was in so much pain. SHe needs to be put down, but this lady doesn't see a problem with any of it. She is a hoarder, but right now there is nothing we can do about it.

    She buys expired parrot food on sale and when she can't get that, she feeds them dog food. There are rats and other vermin in the walls of the trailers and a huge hole int he door of the hospital trailer...a hole big enough for a raccoon to get in and wipe them all out. I would probably say at this point death is better than the situation they are in though.

    One of the waters I changed had a piece of chain in it. The chain had rusted and turned what was left of the water into a rusty sludge. That's how often the waters get changed.

    We went around and put toys in all the cages, but I just can't even imagine what these birds are going through. I gave My friend the number of an animal control officer who I thought was my friend. This lady sent the SPCA to the "Bird Hell" despite My friend asking her not to send them until they were ready. SPCA went there and didn't even look twice. They said everything was fine. What kind of garbage is that?? According to them, if they have food water and shelter, they cannot do anything. I guess the sick, dying, and suffering birds aren't enough. Right now we are not sure there's much more for us to do other than to keep helping around the place. The other problem is that they have to keep on this sick lady's good side otherwise she will not let them back to help. Short of stealing them, there's nothing we can do. Does anyone have any ideas? Anything would be better than nothing.

    When I entered the property, I could feel the suffering from the outside. That's how bad it was. They are not people, but some of them have the intelligence of people. Imagine being locked up in a cold, dark cage with nothing to do for hours on end. I can't even believe people would consider giving their birds to this woman. Ugh, it just makes me sick. How could she not realize how bad it all is?
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Hi. I've sent a copy of your post to a dear friend who has run a humane organization in NJ (not SPCA), to get her advice. She may not see my e-mail right away but as soon as she does I'll be back to let you know what she thinks....
    This situation is egregious - thank you so very much for wanting to help these poor birds.
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    That is sick! The ASPCA is no good. There was a kennel in central jersey that we got our pups from. The poor dogs where kept outside with no shelter. dogs where covered in poo. Small dogs where with rottweilers. They where skinny. Called the ASPCA and said "there seems to be nothing wrong here"
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I would tape it, even if you can only get short clips on your cell phone. Try to get a local tv station to play it. Or a local paper to post them... of course you wouldn't be named. She would suspect one of you did it but couldn't prove it.

    Public outrage can do a lot when the officials don't care to do their job. It sounds horrific. I have an African Grey and can't imagine him living in anything close to that type of condition....

    Best of luck... seeing that would keep me up for weeks on end. Something can be done, something has to be done. Maybe an avian vet can convince the SPCA they are wrong and need to do their job.

  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    News 12 NJ might do it chickerdoodle
  6. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota
    How sad, that the SPCA is not taking into account the mental abuse/neglect that those poor birds are going through. It seriously makes me ill [​IMG]

    Sorry I don't have any advice to give; kudos to you for trying to do something for those innocent souls.
  7. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    [​IMG] ohh my this is horrible
  8. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    I am sooo angry reading this! I just don't understand this sort of thing. If you can't take care of them. know when to let go!!!

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    :thun :thun :thun :thun

    Do what ever you have to do to help those birds!
  9. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I would definately get some pictures of the conditions and contact parrot rescues in your area. (I did a search and found three) If no one helps at that point, contact someone at the local news station. I hope everything works out! It's so nice to see people that care!
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    The above suggestions are great. Photos, video - evidence. After which, is there any way to get some clean water and food and vitamins in there (documenting that it was brought in by good samaritans) to buy these birds a little time until intervention frees them of her?

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