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Parrot dumped at shelter in trash bag is on the mend; search continues for person who abandoned it

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

May 16. 2018 10:00PM




The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to track down the person who abandoned this parrot. (COURTESY)

STRATHAM — Mayday the parrot is showing signs of improvement after being abandoned in a trash bag outside the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals last week.

The Amazon parrot wasn’t eating when staff first found him outside the Stratham shelter, but the bird has started to eat small amounts, according to Sheila Ryan, the SPCA’s director of development and marketing.

Caring for Mayday created some challenges for staff, who knew little about the bird and his needs as he was dropped off by an unidentified woman who was seen on surveillance video.

SPCA officials expressed concern about how the parrot was abandoned and could have died inside the bag if the staff had not found him in time. They have asked for the public’s help to track down the woman who left Mayday to learn more about him.

The bird was dropped off shortly after 9 a.m. May 11. The woman captured by security cameras had blond hair and was driving a dark-colored sedan, officials said.

While the manner in which he was abandoned could lead to a misdemeanor charge, officials said they don’t want to prosecute.

As word about the bird spread, Ryan said people offered suggestions through Facebook on how to get him to eat.

“We used just about every suggestion and slowly (Mayday) is coming around. Otherwise, his personality is starting to show and he’s a really nice bird, funny and talks a little,” she said Wednesday.

Ryan said the SPCA has had several possible leads on the woman who abandoned the parrot, but that none turned out to be the right bird.

“We have had several applications completed for his adoption when he is available, which will hopefully be soon,” she said.

If you have information, call 772-2921, ext. 111.


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