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Parrots seized from Ohio sanctuary

By Associated Press Published: May 10, 2012

MORAINE, OHIO: Animal welfare officials say about 100 parrots and other birds were removed from a parrot sanctuary in southwest Ohio after complaints about the birds' living conditions.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton says it seized the birds Thursday from Wings Over the Rainbow in the Dayton suburb of Moraine. The agency says the birds were in filthy, cramped conditions and many were suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and mental distress.

Sanctuary board member Brandon Booher (BOOR) denies the allegations and says volunteers clean the non-profit rescue facility every day and feed and water the birds twice daily. He says the sanctuary takes in unwanted birds that have sometimes been abused.

Sheila Marquis (mark-WIS) of the Humane Society says the birds are being cared for at an emergency shelter.

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