Troy, Ohio Bird Rescue Situation

If you haven’t already heard, there is a huge rescue situation happening in Troy, Ohio. The following is an article from UPI.com

TROY, Ohio, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A veterinarian is asking for help in removing as many as 60 exotic birds from a condemned house in Troy, Ohio, they say are being mistreated.

Daniel Brauer of Dayton South Veterinary Clinic removed 10 macaw, cockatoo and African Grey parrots from the house but he says many more need to be saved, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Saturday.

When Brauer arrived at the house to seize the birds, he and his crew noticed at least 30 dead birds throughout the house.

“I was horrified by what I saw,” said Jim Tinnell, a veterinary technician who says he convinced Doug Ratcliff, the homeowner, to agree to let go of the 10 birds seized. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 40 years of caring for animals.”

Many of the birds taken from the home were extremely malnourished and missing all or most of their feathers, Tinnell said.

Ratcliff had been buying exotic birds and releasing them in his house, which he no longer lives in due to health conditions. Workers said the floors of the house were covered in feces and raw peanuts.

Brauer said he was having trouble getting help from law enforcement to remove the rest of the birds.

“Apparently there is no state law relating to cruelty or treatment of these types of birds,” Tinnell said. “We are trying to figure out what our options are.”


This story is not only being followed by bird lovers in the United States, but has captured the attention of animal lovers all over the globe.  The Miami Valley Bird Rescue has been the group witnessing the horror first hand, and doing everything in their power to help remove the birds from the conditions they are currently living in: starving in a condemned house that is scattered with feces, mess, and dead animals. MVBR obtained permission from the owner of the parrots to remove ten of the sickest birds and take them in to receive the medical care they so desperately need.  The owner relinquished the birds, but is now claiming they were stolen from him, and has since banned the group from his property.

An agent from the humane society has been supplying the birds with food and water daily, and the Miami Valley Bird Rescue is equipping the humane society with the food and supplies these exotic animals need. The owner of the birds is refusing to sign over the animals over to the humane society, claiming he can still make money off them, despite their emaciated and ill condition. The officers have given the owner two weeks to get the property cleaned up and suitable for the birds to continue to live there, or they will seize the birds.

Patricia Sund is calling this situation an Avian Auschwitz. If you want to help, there are a number of rescues and online stores that will accept your donation for the Miami Valley Bird Rescue to keep sending supplies to these animals. You can also purchase food, toys, or other supplies through select online retailers, who are offering a discount and will ship your order right out to the rescue.

Photos of the birds can be found on the Dayton Daily News Website.

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Emily August 10, 2011 Bird News, Blog, Featured