Exotic birds abandoned, left to die in Pleasant Valley home rescued

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- A Pleasant Valley, Mo., house in the 6800 block of Sobbie Road had literally been left to the birds. When Carol Fisher entered the home her ex-husband used to live in, she discovered six parrots roaming the back of the home with little food, no water and no heat.

"It was a deplorable mess as far as I'm concerned," she said. "I think a bird should be treated like a dog or cat."

The Excelsior Springs woman believes the two cockatoos and four macaws had literally been eating the walls since October to survive. That's when her divorce was granted, but the judge told her she had to wait 120 days before she could enter the home her husband had been living in for 11 years. Fisher says the home looked like an episode of "Hoarders" and was surprised the birds were still alive.

Dr. Julie Burge and two volunteers with Burge Bird Services rescued the birds and brought five of them to Burges Bird Rescue clinic in Grandview, Mo.

"I've done disaster response, and I've seen mouse and cockroach infestations, but this is the first one I think where no one was even living there," Burge said.

Burge said all of the birds appeared to be malnourished and in poor health. She's treating them with antibiotics and says they'll need a month of recovery before they can be adopted.

Fisher decided to keep one of the cockatoos, but if you're interested in adopting one of the other birds contact Burge Bird Service at 816-356-4700 or email the clinic at burgebirdservices@yahoo.com.

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