More News on the "Florida Parrot Hoarder"
More disturbing news has come from the extreme case of “parrot hoarding” uncovered this week in central Florida. Jeff McLain, the president of the Parrots As Pets rescue team that uncovered 50 parrots, many of them just skeletons, in a Tampa house says that the floor was covered in rodents, cockroaches, snakes and spiders, with spider webs so thick they obscured many of the parrot cages from view. The blame has gone on Karen Howard, who rented the house from owner Sandra Chandler two years before and upon moving in, set up the makeshift parrot enclosure. The room was unventilated and its temperature was 115 degrees.
According to the rescuers, the stench of dead parrots was absolutely unbearable. 28 parrots were rescued alive. Furthermore, 50 pigeons that were being hoarded at the property died. Parrots as Pets has taken in 17 parrots; Florida Parrot Rescue of Tampa is caring for the remaining 10. However, although Karen Howard has been found by the police, she has not been arrested. Mr. McLain says that animal hoarding is more common than most people realise, and usually starts off with good intentions but often the hoarder finds themselves in a situation they cant get out of. In this instance they should always try and contact a local charity that is geared specifically towards the type of bird or animal in question.