LONG ISLAND , N.Y., Sept. 15 (UPI) — Officials from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered a home filled with hundreds of pigeons in Long Island during a raid.
According to CBS New York, 350 pigeons were found uncaged and flying freely in the home of a pigeon collector.
The 68-year-old homeowner was taken from the home on a stretcher to Nassau University Medical Center for evaluation, WABC reported.
“This is horrendous,” Nassau County SPCA spokesman Gary Rogers said. “You can’t open the doors because of all the pilings of bird droppings.”
The house was covered in about 2 feet of feces, had no running water, an inaccessible refrigerator and an SPCA officer reportedly fell through the rotted floor and suffered minor injuries.
Some of the birds in the home were diagnosed with neurological disorders and will be relocated and placed with caretakers who raise and care for pigeons.