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65 birds rescued from hoarder's house in Lawrence, MA

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On January 24, 2014, 65 birds and three kittens were removed from a Lawrence home after Lawrence animal control got complaints from neighbors about the birds living in unsanitary conditions. Animal control discovered the birds cramped in an enclosed porch, without heat or ventilation.

“Not only have these birds endured a level of overcrowding typically seen in hoarding conditions, but their socialization and overall health needs have gone unmet for years,” said Nevins Farm Director Mike Keiley. “Many of them are fragile and scared—and you can imagine how bad the conditions were when for their own well-being we opted to take them from the home on a day when the temperature was hovering around ten degrees.”

The owner, whose name is not being released, turned the animals over to the MSPCA. The birds included finches, doves and parrots. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is already housing about 90 birds.

Despite the conditions the animals were found in, the birds and kittens are healthy, though cold and hungry. They will be up for adoption once they have fully recovered. Donations are welcome.

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