245 neglected birds rescued from Damascus barn

A concerned citizen notified OHS about the birds' egregious living conditions

The Oregon Humane Society rescued 245 birds living in 'terrible conditions' in a Damascus barn. (Oregon Humane Society)

DAMASCUS, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Humane Society rescued 245 pet birds in what’s being called one of the largest animal rescues in Oregon history.

The birds living in a barn on SE Bel Air Drive were in overcrowded cages filled with feces and waste that was sometimes several inches deep, OHS said in a press release.

Many of the birds appeared to be suffering from chronic stress. Some of them had suffered severe feather plucking and had overgrown nails and beaks.

“Everything was wrong,” a representative with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said. “Crowded cages, no perches, no fresh drinking water, some with no food, cages haven’t been cleaned… no evidence of common care.”

A concerned citizen notified OHS about the birds’ egregious living conditions.

The owner of the birds, who identified himself as a long-time breeder, said he hadn’t fully cleaned the cages since last spring. He planned to sell some of the birds and reportedly refused to hand them over to OHS workers.

Humane special agents and local sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant on the property Wednesday and seized 245 birds and one kinkajou, a small mammal.

There were several species of birds including African grey parrots, macaws, cockatoos, conures, ring neck doves, pigeons, Amazon parrots, finches and parakeets.

They were taken to an emergency animal shelter and treated by a veterinarian.

The birds aren’t available for adoption, but anyone interested in helping OHS by donating supplies can check out the Amazon wishlist by clicking here.

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