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TJO: 600 to 700 Birds Seized from Springfield Home

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Hundreds of birds taken from a Springfield home are heading to an MSPCA farm in Methuen.

It was a normal afternoon on Rochford Circle until residents witnessed hundreds of birds being removed from their quite neighbor’s home.

“Quail, pheasant, and he had a whole bunch of them,” said Barraud Braxton, a neighbor.

Workers from the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center took the 700 birds from the house.

“We have quite a few fancied chickens, there was a parrot in the home, there were doves and pheasant,” said Pam Peebles, Executive Director, TJO.

In addition to hundreds of adult birds, there were also hatchlings that were discovered in a cardboard box.

“We estimate about 400 are quail from tiny hatchlings, which are 100 juvenile to adult birds, lots and lots of eggs to those birds. They were all housed with concern for gender so they’ve been reproducing quite rapidly,” said Peebles.

One neighbor who said he knows the family that lives in the home said he never saw it coming at all.

“I didn’t hear any unusual noises on a regular basis that would bother me. So if he had birds in there then, I mean it wasn’t like hawks…it didn’t work that way,” said Braxton. “I know Quang and I’ve been in his house and I’ve sat down and ate with him and so forth.”

Some of the birds had to be euthanized because they were sick and unhealthy, but most were in reasonable shape.

Many of the birds were sent to the MSPCA farm in Methuen on Wednesday and more are expected to head there tomorrow.

TJO said the homeowner was cooperative when handing over the birds and no criminal charges are being sought, but it will be up to the city code enforcement officials to determine whether any zoning issues are levied.

Many of the birds were sent to the MSPCA farm in Methuen on Wednesday and more are expected to head there tomorrow.

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