10th parrot found dead in Point Loma/Ocean Beach area
Bird was found on the campus of All Souls Episcopal Church
POINT LOMA – Whoever has been killing endangered parrots in the Point Loma/Ocean Beach area has struck again. A dead parrot was found on Sunday at the same place where two dead birds were found on Easter Sunday. That brings to 10 the number of dead parrots found in the area since mid-February.
The delicate green-cheeked parrots are not native to San Diego. But a colony has been growing in the Point Loma/Ocean Beach area for decades now. The birds are often seen flocking into trees, staying for awhile, and then flying on.
“The person who’s doing this just has a disdain for nature. That would be the best way to put it,” said Dan DeSousa of County Animal Services.
Those words ring painfully true when you consider that when these little birds are shot with a pellet or B-B gun, they typically die a slow and painful death. Since the first dead birds started showing up in mid-February, DeSousa said County Animal Services has been doing everything they can to find the killer or killers.
“We have one animal control officer investigating this… and she has gone door to door. She’s talked to people in the community,” DeSousa said.
There were rumors a couple of weeks ago that an arrest, possibly of a juvenile in the area, was imminent. But that arrest never came and now County Animal Services needs the public’s help. “We need a witness that says, you know I saw somebody walking down the street with a B-B gun shooting in the air, or I saw a bird fall and I heard it and it came, the sound came from this yard,” DeSousa said.
Of course, most of us are horrified to think that someone could be killing these endangered birds, and in all his years at County Animal Services, Dan DeSousa said he’s never seen anything like it.
“I’ve been here 27-years and I don’t recall anything like this. You know, these birds have a place in our community and we need to accept them for who and what they are and let them live out their lives.”
If you know anything at all about any of this, please call the Department of Animal Services 24-hour hotline at 619-236-2341 or if you see somebody in the act of shooting, call 911. Between CrimeStoppers and PETA, at least $6,000 in reward money is being offered. If you see a dead parrot, don’t touch it. That could disturb evidence. Instead, call County Animal Services.
As to who is doing this, that person or persons could be facing felony animal cruelty charges which could bring a $20,000 fine and up to a year in prison.