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Somebody threw a cockatoo out in the trash in Dorchester

Mayfield the Cockatoo

The Animal Rescue League of Boston reports it's looking for clues to the previous owners of this cockatoo, found in a cage filled with maggots and cockroaches in somebody's trash on Norfolk Street in Dorchester last month.

When found, the Cockatoo, now named "Mayfield", was emaciated and had a serious medical condition that required emergency surgery. Luckily, she is now recovering at the ARL and doing well enough to soon be able to find a loving home!

Sadly, Mayfield is not the first animal we've seen who was abandoned and left to die in the trash or on the streets. We understand that tough economic conditions also affect pets, but let’s get the word out that the last resort is not throwing your pet away. ...

The person(s) responsible for neglecting and cruelly abandoning this lovely bird needs to be held accountable for their actions. Failure to provide proper food, drink, shelter, and a sanitary environment and willful abandonment of an animal are felony violations of Massachusetts’s anti-cruelty laws. A person convicted of these crimes could receive a prison sentence of up to 7 years.

Tips to the ARL law-enforcement department at 617-226-5610.

H/t Tanya Kutasz.

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This may be the result of domestic violence.

Sometimes a jealous person or spurned abusive ex will steal a pet and do nasty things like this in order to hurt/threaten/control somebody.

A friend's ex husband broke in and stole her dog and dumped it in a city 150 miles away. A bird being thrown out like garbage could result from that sort of thing.

I only mention it because it could be a clue to who owns this bird and what happened.

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jesus. did she recover her dog??

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The dog was chipped, thankfully. But the dog was hungry and dehydrated and was dumped in the area of a highway.

The dog now lives with family member in another state for fear that the asshole will grab it again.

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Horrible! These birds are such sensitive and intelligent animals... whoever did this has a black heart,

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uguXNL93fWg

Parrot (looks like a cockatoo) singing...and it's appropriate.
From the description, "Oh, and she's a well-loved 6-year-old Yellow-Nape Amazon."

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Ha ha!
Max the cockatoo is one of my faves.
https://youtu.be/5UUjJysUMTw

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Horrible! These birds are such sensitive and intelligent animals... whoever did this has a black heart,

Vicious is more like it!

As an exotic bird owner (A 6.5 year old pet Congo African Grey Parrot named Aziza.), I think this is totally vicious and irresponsible. Exotic birds are sensitive and intelligent, its true, but anybody who treats an animal that way doesn't deserve to have pets in the first place.

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What a beautiful bird. I hope whoever adopts her appreciates her and makes up for the horror that she has been through.

I can't comprehend how anyone could do this to an animal. It makes me very sad.

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to comprehend that a species that thinks its ok to take that bird and stick it in a cage for its own amusement in the first place could do something just a little more horrible to said bird? I am not surprised by humanity much anymore TBH.

I love animals and most pets but birds as pets really rub me the wrong way. Would you put a dog in a 6 sq. ft cage and leave it there for eternity? People would cry foul on that. I really don't see the difference.

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I have a pet parrot, and the only time she spends in her cage is when she's sleeping, or at most a few hours per day if nobody's home, which isn't often. They need a lot of interaction.

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Just curious.

Also, do you have any kind of air-filter in your home? Again, just curious, because some exotic birds produce a lot of powder-down dust, in addition to the regular dander.

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We have a CAG, like yours. Monkie's about 5 1/2 years old. The only air filter is the intake to the central AC. Our first parrot was a canary-wing that we found in our driveway in 1995 whose original owner was never found.

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The intake to the Central Air-conditioner can get a little bit clogged, no?

That doesn't really seem like it's sufficient enough, especially if the Central A/C system in your building or wherever isn't run during the fall and/or winter months. That's why I have a separate HEPA air filter (the Austin Air Pet Machine) about a foot or so from the cage. I keep it going 24/7, on the highest setting. It seems to work pretty affectively.

Glad you were able to first have a Canary-wing whose original owner wasn't found. It's weird how people can let their pets go like that.

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Not only did I have budgerigars as a teenager, and as a very young adult, but I had a Noble Macaw named McGee for 20 years, which lived a long, loved and loving life, and passed away due to unknown causes. Roughly 2.5 months after McGee's passing, I obtained a baby Pet female Congo African Grey Parrot (whose name is Aziza.), who is now 6.5 years old. She's a great talkier, a great companion, and is a wonderful pet to have around the house. I spend a good amount of time at home, and, in addition to 2-3 hours a day being out of her cage for playtime, I talk to her a great deal, and give her head scratches, when she's both in and out of her cage. I also give her lots of toys to chew on, as well, and take her to regular veterinary check-ups, and make sure she gets the right food.

Since African Grey Parrots are powder-down birds that naturally produce a very fine, somewhat oily, sticky white powder for insulation and protection (because their origins are in the desert, despite being born and raised in captivity.), I have a good HEPA (High Efficiency Particlae Arrest) air filter, which works like a charm in picking up most of the dander, etc., and use a good HEPA vacuum to vacuum once a day.

Aziza has given me tons of joy, happiness and laughter since I got her, and I couldn't imagine life without her, especially at this point.

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Some people really suck.

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I hate people sometimes..

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h/t

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Some people really suck.

Too many for comfort, at times!

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HOW CAN ANYONE DO THIS????!!! HUMANS SUCK!

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What would Baretta do? I think we know.

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Another possibility is that someone who moved out or was evicted left the bird for the landlord to deal with, and then the landlord didn't do the right thing either. We used to have a lot of "liberated" cats in our neighborhood from people who left them when they moved away.

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Nothing like increasing the population of stray animals on the loose! How people can be so irresponsible and just simply leave their pets to fend for themselves when they move, when pets really can't fend for themselves, almost defies belief.

Many people I know who've moved have taken their pets with them. That's what I'd do if I had to move. I'd see to it that I'd be able to.

As a pet owner myself, however, I can understand why people have pets. Pets are very important to people and they become so like and so part of the family!

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A guy who owned an African Grey Parrot and two cats got into some sort of trouble, and had to leave his apartment--pronto! . He felt there was no choice but to leave his African Grey Parrot and the two cats behind. Who knows what kind of trouble the guy got into that made him leave so quickly, or what happened to the African Grey Parrot? I'd hate to think....

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(Had to beat Elmer on this one!)

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    ( similarly, lost pet stories become "Adorable!" only after the pet is found )

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I hope they locate the individual responsible. No animal should be abandoned.

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(going to hell for this one)

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Neglect was bad enough and then putting it outside? Poor thing must have been terrified.
Torture really isn't too harsh of a punishment for people that would do this. Make them feel the pain and fear.

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Adam, FWIW there were signs all over Moakley Park/Andrew sw a few weeks ago about a missing bird, I wonder if maybe these people found it and tried to keep it and this is the end result? I can't remember the details offhand.

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Let's hope this bird finds a loving home eventually!

Somebody wasn't taking care of this cockatoo property to begin with, or the cage wouldn't have been infested with maggots, in the first place.

Often enough, when exotic birds end up being re-homed for some reason or other, it's the starting of a traumatic life for these birds: All too often (although not always), they end up in the hands of people who have absolutely no idea of how to take care of them (i. e. housing them, feeding, training them, etc.,), and the process feeds on itself, if one gets the drift.

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