July 19, 2012: Seized rescue center birds to stay in shelter
July 12, 2012: Eisenberg, Humane Society on mistreatment of exotic birds
Jun 27, 2012: Sanctuary owner facing cruelty charges
Deborah Shell, owner of "Wings Over the Rainbow", is charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty and 15 counts of torture of a companion animal.
The charges all stem from a raid, when the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and Moraine Police seized more than 120 birds from the Springboro Pike sanctuary.
Humane Society officials said the animals were living in filthy conditions and were not being properly cared for.
The Humane Society has taken custody of the birds and last week a judge ordered Shell to pay $35 thousand dollars in bond to help cover the agency's expenses.
"Any kind of court case is a lengthy process," said Brian Weltge, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slowly, but again it's important we see it through and the animals are the most important thing in this case. We know that the conditions there were poor and we know that the animals are getting the best treatment possible now". .." More & video
Rescue founder to fight closureBy Richard Wilson
The founder of a nonprofit exotic bird rescue organization vowed to fight back after officials shut it down on Thursday.