Bird may be an outlaw

Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:10 PM
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It looks like Polly might be an illegal immigrant.

The small, bright green parrot captured behind an Evans home Wednesday and taken to Columbia County Animal Care and Control was identified Thursday morning as a "Quaker parrot" by a bird expert from an animal rescue organization, said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker.

The problem, however, is that Quaker parrots are illegal in Georgia.

"The staff saw that Quaker parrots are illegal in some states, so they checked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources," Mrs. Tucker said. "They confirmed that they are indeed illegal in Georgia -- and importation into Georgia is forbidden."

The birds are considered agricultural pests, she added.

The parrot was captured Wednesday in the Windmill Plantation subdivision after a resident saw the bird dining at a backyard feeder.

Animal control is holding the parrot in a cage at its Appling facility for the mandatory five-day holding period for stray animals. An owner has not yet come forward to claim the bird.

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Edward1968
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Edward1968 05/07/09 - 01:21 pm
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Call the Colonel....He'll

Call the Colonel....He'll know what to do!

miles
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miles 05/07/09 - 01:41 pm
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"mandatory five-day holding

"mandatory five-day holding period" -- i'm glad Columbia County Honors their policy.

Richmond County Animal Control not so much -- They caught my cat and killed him with-in 24hrs!! By the time I called (the next day) the cat was already dead. My 3 year old was broken hearted (as was I).

Give me a fine and a slap on the wrist, yes, but i feel killing my pet is a little extreme. ;o(

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/07/09 - 02:37 pm
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While in central Florida,

While in central Florida, (Tampa) you'll see flocks of the little green Quakers everywhere. Apparently they also migrate north. I think they're cool since they're still somewhat unusual, but they can do a lot of damage to crops.

Don KING
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Don KING 05/07/09 - 02:54 pm
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He's running from global

He's running from global warming!!!!!!

confederate american
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confederate american 05/07/09 - 02:56 pm
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i bought 2 of these birds

i bought 2 of these birds here in a augusta pet shop,is columbia county going to put the bird down after the 5 day period

confederate american
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confederate american 05/07/09 - 02:59 pm
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we have a couple of million

we have a couple of million illegal immigrants in this country and we do nothing to them,so give the bird a home.

Dark Lord
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Dark Lord 05/07/09 - 04:22 pm
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It's a d ** shame when a bird

It's a d ** shame when a bird can't find no love. What is this world coming to besides an end lmao!!!

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 05/07/09 - 04:57 pm
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illegal immigrant!!

illegal immigrant!!

SusieQ
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SusieQ 05/07/09 - 05:05 pm
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What happens after the 5

What happens after the 5 days? No one will claim the bird if it's illegal to have him/her. I certainly don't think the bird should be put to death. Let it live,please. SusieQ

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/07/09 - 06:26 pm
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no the "politically correct"

no the "politically correct" thing that will be done is the bird will be put down as a nusense, but the millions of illegal aliens in this country will be allowed to stay and continue to siphon off various scarce governmental, medical and welfare benefits while the poor bird will be put down as a "major threat"

Frank
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Frank 05/07/09 - 07:25 pm
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if we're getting all "PC" on

if we're getting all "PC" on it, the correct term would be euthanized

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 05/07/09 - 07:26 pm
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There is a bird sanctuary in

There is a bird sanctuary in Harlem called Feathered Friends Forever. Turn it over to them. I have contact info on my desk at work. DON'T kill it!!

momofthree
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momofthree 05/07/09 - 08:49 pm
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Fear not I spent about 40

Fear not I spent about 40 minutes on the phone with the CC animal control, in five days the bird will reside in Harlem with Ron and Tammy at FFF, the parrot resuce. Because FFF is a rescue the bird will be considered a life long resident and not adoptable. This bird will have a loving home and the best care possible. I have not only adopted from Ron and Tammy I have let them adopt a bird that I had that became a problem in our home. Remember to go to Featheredfrindsforever.org and see not only beautiful birds, and the humans that love them but information about the upcoming events that I encourage all to attend..............................

puddeecat
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puddeecat 05/07/09 - 10:35 pm
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what a crock

what a crock

corgimom
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corgimom 05/07/09 - 11:51 pm
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MilesAnderson, when there

MilesAnderson, when there ISN"T ENOUGH SPACE at the shelter, THERE ISN"T ENOUGH SPACE and animals must be euthanized immediately. That is THE LAW. Where would you like for Animal Control to put all the animals?

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