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SPCA seeking woman who abandoned parrot inside trash bag

Union Leader Correspondent

May 15. 2018 8:49PM
This parrot was found abandoned outside the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Stratham. (COURTESY of the SPCA)

STRATHAM — Officials from the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are trying to find the woman who abandoned a parrot inside a trash bag outside the shelter’s facility.

Staff discovered what appears to be a Blue-fronted Amazon parrot last Friday morning when the bird was left with other donations.

A staff member found a soft carrier inside a white plastic bag and found the bird when she pulled it out, SPCA officials said.

The bag was closed and suctioned tight against the sides of the carrier.

Officials said they want to contact the woman who left the bird to learn more about it.

The parrot, which has been named Mayday, was evaluated by SPCA veterinarian Dr. Stephen Gentilella, who found it wasn’t in immediate distress. However, officials said they’re concerned because the bird hasn’t eaten, adding that it also appears to self-pluck and is nervous.

Officials said surveillance video at the facility shows the bird was left just after 9 a.m. on Friday by a woman with blond hair. She was driving a dark-colored sedan, they said.

“We were deeply saddened that this beautiful young bird was discarded in such an uncaring manner. Since it was nearly two hours before the adoption center opened, we are grateful that the bird didn’t suffocate inside that plastic bag,” Lisa Dennison, the SPCA’s executive director, said in a news release.

Dennison said it’s illegal to abandon an animal in such a way, but that the SPCA does not plan to pursue charges against the woman.

“We want to encourage the woman that brought the bird here to contact us so that we can provide better care,” Dennison said.

The SPCA is asking anyone with information on the parrot to call the shelter at 772-2921, ext. 111.

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