Animal hoarder’s family surrendered 497 parakeets to Michigan animal shelter

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In Romeo, Michigan, the son of an animal hoarder contacted the Detroit Animal Welfare to say he was on his way to surrender 60 to 80 parakeets from his father’s home. When he arrived at the shelter on Thursday night, his truck contained 497 parakeets.

According to the shelter’s Facebook page, the group’s director Kelley LeBonty knew she could not turn them away.

We were in shock also but could not turn them away as they were all crammed in 7 cages and smothering each other and needed immediate help. Thank you to a great team that were able to quickly set up proper temporary housing and miraculously we just had parakeet food donated. We were able to reach out to some amazing bird rescues for help. Jojos flying friends here in Romeo rushed right over and were able to take over 100 and the babies that require hand feeding. Birds and beaks along with two other rescues will be here Sunday to take more.

Detroit Animal Welfare

The owner had originally intended to breed only a few of the birds, but it got out of control. Birds breed easily, and it’s just a chain of birds breeding and their eggs hatching.

These birds came from a very unhealthy situation and the irresponsibility of the owner is infuriating, however It truly takes a village to help these animals, and we are so thankful for everyone that works together to get them the care and proper homes they deserve.

Detroit Animal Welfare

For the next 30 days, all of the birds will be quarantined, and on January 23, they are expected to be made available for adoption. If interested, please click here.

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