Son of animal collector drops off nearly 500 parakeets at animal shelter before Christmas
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The son of an animal collector dropped off nearly 500 parakeets at a southeast Michigan rescue shelter shortly before Christmas and plans to return later with at least 50 other birds.
Kelley LeBonty, director of the Detroit Animal Welfare Group, which operates a shelter on a 25-acre farm in Macomb County, Bruce Township, said in an interview on Saturday that the son called to say he was coming to give up 60 to 80 parakeets that were at his father’s house.
But when the son arrived at the shelter late Thursday night, he actually had 497 parakeets in his pickup.
“He had them all in seven cages,” LeBonty said. “A very tight fit. They were sort of on top of each other and were choking. … They were very, very stressed. They hardly moved. We had to take them out and put them in different cages. “
The son said his father kept the birds in cages in a room in his house and spent $ 1,200 a month to feed the birds, LeBonty said.
“His son said he just wanted to breed a few, and it got out of hand,” LeBonty said. “The problem is that birds breed easily. And then you just have more babies and more babies and more babies if you don’t get it under control. “
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While some parakeets appear healthy, others have foot problems and eye problems.
“They haven’t seen a vet yet because it’s obviously Christmas, but some of them are definitely pretty sick,” she said.
Another animal rescue group from the Romeo area has taken around 220 parakeets, she said, and other groups will come on Sunday to take more. The health of the parakeets will be monitored for two to four weeks before they are eligible for adoption.
LeBonty said the Detroit Animal Welfare Group was lucky someone donated four large bags of parakeet food last month.
“I said, ‘We don’t have that many parakeets, I don’t know if I need this food,’ she recalls. “But I took it and here we are. So I guess it was meant to be.
The total number of rescued parakeets could soon exceed 500.
According to LeBonty, the son said he plans to return to the shelter after Christmas with more parakeets from his father’s house.
“He said about 50,” LeBonty said. “But before he told me 60 (parakeets), and he came up with about 500.”
While law enforcement is often involved in serious cases of animal hoarding, especially those involving cats or dogs, LeBonty said his group has not contacted authorities about the parakeets in the country. dad. She refused to identify the city or canton where the father lives.
“They asked us for help, and it is a step in the right direction,” she said. “Now these birds can be in a suitable home and receive the care they need.”
The shelter needs food and other supplies to care for the birds. To donate or to inquire about adoption once the birds are ready, visit: facebook.com/DetroitAnimalWelfareGroup.
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This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Hoarder’s son drops off 500 parakeets at shelter before Christmas
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