Both the hoarder and the animals can be harmed in this situation.
“The feces begins to build up and that effects the air quality of the homes,” Keiley said. “It’s quite normal that the animals and people living in the household begin to develop respiratory problems.”
Halpin advises people interested in adopting birds to do their research before taking on the responsibility for caring for these creatures.
“We would encourage anyone interested in adopting a bird to come and visit us and the birds,’’ he said. “If they are seriously considering adding a bird to their home, they should understand that birds require regular interaction and a good deal of enrichment in order to have happy, healthy lives. While they are small animals and may appear easier than a dog that needs to be walked and exercised, they will require an investment of time and love by their new owner.”
Three cats were also taken away from the home.
“They have already been adopted into great homes,” Halpin said.
Anyone interested in adopting one or some of the animals is encouraged to visit the MSPCA-Nevins Farm Animal Care and Adoption Center at Care and Adoption Center at 400 Broadway, Methuen or visit www.mspca.org.
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