The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA), a leading animal welfare organization in the District, said in a release that it rescued a total of 17 pigeons from a Northeast DC home where they were kept in unsafe conditions on Tuesday.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and DC Fire and EMS notified the HRA about the situation inside the house located at the 1800 block of North Capitol Street, Northeast.
When members of the group responded to the scene, along with animal control investigators and humane law enforcement officers, they found the animals “cramped in small cages and living in deplorable conditions.”
Many of them appeared to be in good condition, but some would require additional medical attention, according to HRA.
Seventeen pigeons were seized from a Northeast D.C. home this evening after it was discovered the birds were being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
— Humane Rescue (@HumaneRescue) April 7, 2021
“I am thankful we were able to come to the aid of these animals today and look forward to starting them on their journey toward better lives,” Chris Schindler, HRA’s vice president of field services, said in the organization’s statement. “We are proud to collaborate with other District agencies to help the animals and people of our community.”
The rescued pigeons will now be examined by a veterinarian and receive any necessary medical treatment.