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300 dead birds found in home of NJ animal aide


LITTLE SILVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have discovered more than 300 dead birds and the decomposing bodies of animals in the New Jersey homes where a woman who rescued animals lived.

Officials found the dead birds in cages stacked from floor to ceiling in the Little Silver home where 54-year-old Gretchen Rell lived with her 95-year-old mother. The birds were mostly seagulls, pigeons, robins, wrens and loons.

Another 60 animals were found in the Ocean Township home where Rell lived with her husband.

Rell was a volunteer with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who was supposed to pick up birds and take them to a rehabilitation center.

County SPCA chief law enforcement officer Victor “Buddy” Amato tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1fmc17g ) he plans to file animal cruelty charges.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com