ASPCA Assists Columbus Humane in Removal of More Than 600 Birds from Ohio Hoarding Case

Birds being transported to temporary shelter for medical assessments and care
August 14, 2018

Columbus, Ohio—At the request of Columbus Humane, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is assisting with evidence collection, subject matter expertise, and the removal of more than 600 birds from an extremely overcrowded 1,000 square-foot home in Columbus, Ohio. The ASPCA is also assisting in transporting the animals to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where Columbus Humane will conduct medical assessments, veterinary forensic exams, and provide ongoing care of the animals.

A search warrant was executed Tuesday morning for the removal of the animals where a variety of bird species, including parakeets, cockatiels, finches, and large exotic parrots were found living in overcrowded conditions, some with medical issues, missing feathers, and a lack of adequate husbandry. The seizure is the result of a public complaint concerning living conditions and reports of animal neglect at the property.

"The population of birds is simply staggering," said Rachel Finney, CEO for Columbus Humane. "Overcrowding in this manner isn't conducive to a high quality of life for the birds or their caretakers. Our focus now is on assessing the welfare of the birds and extending the best possible care."

“Upon arriving at the home, it was clear an intervention was needed to remove these birds from the property and provide them with the quality of life they deserve,” said Jessica Rushin, senior manager for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The ASPCA is pleased to be able to provide resources and assist Columbus Humane with their lifesaving efforts, and our immediate goal is to relocate the birds to a temporary shelter where Columbus Humane’s avian experts can evaluate the condition of each bird to ensure they receive the care they need.”

The birds will be cared for at the temporary shelter by Columbus Humane until custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA and Columbus Humane are working closely with local prosecutors to ensure the best outcome for these animals.