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Date:7/23/2014 12:10:06 PM
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HI Cera
Well, the snow came, but it’s melting fast and there is talk of 57 degrees on the horizion….yippy!! My mommy needs help from all of our dear friends. See, she was in this pet shop the other day and was looking at all the birds (of course) and she noticed this beautiful double yellow headed Amazon way high up in a cage. She first noticed that the cage was very small…MAYBE a good size for a conure like me, and that he only had one perch and it was smooth wood. He had only a couple of toys too. She wanted to check his food and water but the cage was up way too high. Then she saw that his toenails looked like they hadn’t been clipped in 5 years. When she went to go ask what they were asking for him, they said that he wasn’t for sale…he was the store ‘mascot’. A poor bird stuck in a closed cage that is mounted over 7 feet in the air so that he can get absolutely no attention. Mommy’s heart started breaking. Then she saw about 25-30 budgies in a cage big enough to comfortably house 2-3 of them, and they were behind glass marked ‘employees only’. Unfortunately it only gets worse…there was then a beautiful Indian Ringneck Parakeet in a single cockatiel cage (they were selling the same ones and that’s what they said on them) that only had one small perch and he was so terrified that when mommy squatted down to look at him, he just about killed himself trying to get away from her hand (that was OUTSIDE the cage mind you!). Last, but certainly not least, there were six cockatiels in another tiny cage with, again, just one perch. The cage was so small that their crests hit the top! And they were all very scared roo when mommy put her hand up to the cage. Mommy was so distraught that she left the store and called the Humane Society. They were very helpful and gave her a bunch of information. She then called Animal Control through the city police department. Again the lady was very nice and said that she would look into it and tell the owner that there have been complaints, but she said that it’s really hard to charge someone with neglect because all that is required by law is food, water, and shelter, especially for a bird. That makes mommy really mad! What do they mean especially for a bird? Is that supposed to mean that dogs and cat are supposed to be more important than us birds? (in case you haven’t realized, birds ARE smarter than dogs!!!) So she was hoping that we could get some advice from our BC family, or maybe even someone that is close enough that would be willing to give one of these poor birdies a forever home! She even has thought about contacting the ASPCA if nothing is done soon. Thanks already for all the ideas and support I know we will be getting! We love you all!! ~Huey
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