Friday, August 4, 2017, Montclair, CA – Almost 2,000 chickens, parakeets, lovebirds, and other exotic birds were rescued from an industrial warehouse this morning on the 4500 block of Arrow Highway in Montclair. Additionally, dozens of exotic fish were found at the location.
Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA investigators, with the help of Montclair Police Department and the Department of Health, responded after hearing noises coming from the industrial complex. Between 1,000 and 2,000 chicks and chickens as well as 100 exotic birds were being kept in appalling conditions. There was little ventilation provided. Rescue Officers could not find any food or water for the birds. The warehouse was covered in feces and filled with trash.
All of the birds are currently being evaluated and cared for by the Inland Valley Humane Society SPCA. The chicks and chickens found will be housed and cared for by Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA staff at the Boys Republic in Chino. The remaining exotic birds will be taken to the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA. The owner of the birds was arrested earlier this week on unrelated charges. The owner now faces several felony animal cruelty charges.
All of the birds are part of an ongoing investigation. Their adoption availability is pending at this time because of the investigation.
The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community.