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Rescue: Over 130 Neglected Birds from Hoarding Case

Friday, September 28, 2012

September, 2012. Almost a year after our initial efforts to rescue over 160 ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens who were living with a hoarder in appalling conditions, we were finally able to bring them to safety. They are now enjoying sunshine on their feathers, water to swim in, clean bedding, warmth, grass under their feet and room to roam for the very first time.  Initially, we tried working with their owner towards an amicable surrender, pleading with her to consider the quality of life for the birds and used many of our own resources to help provide a cleaner environment for them.  The hoarder’s initial intentions were good and her love for the animals apparent, but she neglected to see how their overcrowding, over-breeding, lack of shelter and space and filthy conditions were hurting them. She also continued to buy chicks and ducklings online and mail ordered to her.

The site had lots of birds — chickens, ducks, geese, even some turkeys living in tight quarters.

In the end, it took efforts by both us and the Ulster County SPCA, and then a judge’s seizure warrant to obtain the birds. Many were suffering from ailments caused specifically by their filthy living conditions.  They lives in small sheds and animal carriers, overcrowded, living among layers of caked feces, and breathing in dust and the stench of ammonia.  Due to inadequate housing, several of the birds did not have access to proper shelter and have lost toes and combs to frostbite.  Inside her trailer we found another 25 birds running around freely and over 20 living in an enclosed back porch. The indoor quarters were worse than the outdoors. All the birds show signs of nutritional deficiencies.

We are treating all of their health issues by providing veterinary care, nutritional supplements, quality food and vitamins daily in their water. They are beginning to thrive with their new freedom.  It’s a joy for us to see and we’re so happy to be able to give these animals the lives they deserve. YOUR SUPPORT helps in many cases like this and give them life-long shelter and the care and love they need and so deserve.

Much gratitude to the ASPCA for a grant to help to care for all of these very-deserving animals.

(see pix below and a video at the bottom).

Many of these birds are up for adoption, please contact us if interested.

The snow and ice is hard on feet.

A condition known as “bumble foot” (infections on the bottom of feet) was common.

Other birds were living inside the residence.

Yet more were living in the screened-in porch.

Not a good environment for a duck. The floors inside the house were wet with a slurry of feces and spilled food. The smell was overwhelming.

WFAS Co-Founder and Director Jenny Brown carries roosters found living in the house. The most profoundly sick birds came back to WFAS and others are being held at a WFAS staffed remote site we’ve set up specifically for this rescue.

Some of the crates holding the animals at their new temporary refuge, waiting for the vet to arrive…

A vet checked out each bird one-by-one.

Missing toes, crippled feet and overgrown nails were common.

Our “remote” site: quite an upgrade!

Some ducks enjoying the pond at WFAS for the first time in their lives.

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