NY Pigeon hoarder taken to hospital in hazmat suit, 350 birds saved

Nassau County SPCA officials discovered 350 pigeons uncaged and flying free in the home of a bird collector in Long Island. About 2 feet of feces covered the home, as the birds and the owner were removed to receive medical care.Screen capture/WABC
Nassau County SPCA officials discovered 350 pigeons uncaged and flying free in the home of a bird collector in Long Island. About 2 feet of feces covered the home, as the birds and the owner were removed to receive medical care.Screen capture/WABC

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island man dubbed “bird man” by neighbors was taken to the hospital and his home condemned after authorities found nearly 350 pigeons flying around inside.

Police and the SPCA say they found hundreds of pigeons flying freely inside the house in North Merrick. It took nearly 4 hours to capture them all.

A man in his seventies also lived there. He was taken to the hospital in a protective suit that’s used for hazardous materials.

Hazmat teams wore full body suits and oxygen masks to protect themselves from the fumes. Officials said the homeowner also used an oxygen mask while living inside.

The pigeons were allowed to roam and fly around as they please.

Crews said there were two feet of droppings and seed on the floor.

Rogers said it was the first time he’s seen a house become a pigeon coop. He said the pigeons will be placed with people who can care for them.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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