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Humane Society set to adopt out 245 birds surrendered by owner accused of neglect

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Photo: Oregon Humane Society Photo: Oregon Humane Society
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Humane Society will adopt out 245 birds that were surrendered by their owner who is facing neglect charges.

The birds were seized from a Damascus barn in July after Humane Society workers received a tip about the birds living in poor conditions.

It was one of the agency's largest ever animal rescue operations.   

On Friday, the Oregon Humane Society reported that the owner, 57-year-old Rick Dwight Richards, had surrendered ownership of the birds, allowing the Humane Society to move forward with the process of offering the birds for adoption.

Richards, who identified himself as a long-time breeder, is facing multiple counts of animal neglect.

Investigators said the birds were living in overcrowded cages stacked three or four high. The cages were filled with waste that was several inches deep and overflowing into cages below in some cases.

The birds are now in an emergency shelter. They include a variety of exotic breeds, including African grey parrots, macaws, cockatoos, conures, ring neck doves, pigeons, Amazon parrots, finches and parakeets.

People interested in adopting a bird are asked to begin the process by submitting an online application at oregonhumane.org/bird-adoption-applications. Adoptions are set to begin the first week of December.

For more information, go to oregonhumane.org.

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