Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Animals officers say 100 small animals seized

Riverside County animal control officers say about 50 birds, 50 rodents and one gecko were collected from the small apartment of a man who died earlier this week.

The apartment in Hemet was only 400-square feet. Animal Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens says it resembled one giant bird cage with feathers and seed everywhere.

The animals were taken Wednesday to the Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto.

Authorities say they believe the man was breeding the animals for sale. His name was not immediately released, but authorities say he apparently had a stroke in a stairwell near his apartment.

Most of the birds were parakeets and doves. There was one finch. The rodents were mostly hamsters and mice..." More