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Dozens of rescued birds available for viewing, adoption at Oregon Humane Society

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

Around 100 rescued birds are now available for public viewing and adoption at the Oregon Humane Society.

The birds were removed from unsanitary and overcrowded conditions in Damascus in October, according to the Oregon Humane Society.

Originally, there were 245 birds taken into Humane Society custody, but around 140 of them have found homes through appointment-only adoptions.

The owner of the birds, 57-year-old Rick Dwight Richards, was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges of animal neglect. He identified himself as a longtime breeder and surrendered ownership of the birds to the Oregon Humane Society.

Investigators said the birds were living in overcrowded cages stacked three to four high and filled with overflowing waste in some cases.

"OHS staff and volunteers have provided top-notch care for these birds over the last six months, and I am thrilled to see that the birds will now get a chance to find forever homes with families who appreciate these unique creatures," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon.

Until adopted, like all animals at OHS, the birds will stay at the shelter without a time limit.

They are available for viewing during regular shelter hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 pm. Thursday through Sunday.

For more information, go to oregonhumane.org.

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