100 Birds, Live And Dead, Found In House

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TROY, Ohio, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A veterinarian is asking for help in removing as many as 60 exotic birds from a condemned house in Troy, Ohio, they say are being mistreated.

Daniel Brauer of Dayton South Veterinary Clinic removed 10 macaw, cockatoo and African Grey parrots from the house but he says many more need to be saved, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Saturday.

When Brauer arrived at the house to seize the birds, he and his crew noticed at least 30 dead birds throughout the house.

“I was horrified by what I saw,” said Jim Tinnell, a veterinary technician who says he convinced Doug Ratcliff, the homeowner, to agree to let go of the 10 birds seized. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 40 years of caring for animals.”

Many of the birds taken from the home were extremely malnourished and missing all or most of their feathers, Tinnell said.

Ratcliff had been buying exotic birds and releasing them in his house, which he no longer lives in due to health conditions. Workers said the floors of the house were covered in feces and raw peanuts.

Brauer said he was having trouble getting help from law enforcement to remove the rest of the birds.

“Apparently there is no state law relating to cruelty or treatment of these types of birds,” Tinnell said. “We are trying to figure out what our options are.”

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