SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — More than 80 birds, many of which were cockatiels, were rescued from unsanitary conditions in a Rancho Bernardo apartment Wednesday.
The 84 birds were seized from a one-bedroom apartment on Avenida De Los Lobos, according to the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS). Most of the birds were freely flying inside the unit and living in filth.
“It is extremely sad to see animals living like this, but we are glad we are able to get these birds the care they need,” said San Diego Humane Society officer Sgt. Laurel Monreal. Monreal said because the birds were free flying inside the apartment, there was bird feces everywhere.
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The birds were evaluated by SDHS veterinarians at the scene before being brought to the society's Gaines Street location. The birds will be placed under quarantine and monitored for any potential type of disease, before the shelter decides next steps for the animals.
SDHS law enforcement is investigating the discovery.