WOLCOTT, Ind. (WLFI) — For the third time since December, pigeons were found dumped at an I-65 rest stop, according to Sgt. Kim Riley with Indiana State Police. Riley said troopers were notified overnight.
Rest Park Lead Staff Therese White said an attendant at the northbound Wolcott rest stop on I-65 found seven boxes in the same dumpster where 88 were found in late February and 57 were dumped in December.
White said at least 50 were found in the boxes this time, with five dead. She said they were found in the same mozzarella cheese boxes that the others were found in. She believes someone put them in the dumpster between 11 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 a.m. Monday.
During the March discovery, rehabilitators said the birds found had the same tags on them as the ones found in December. The tags had the name and phone number of a Dublin, Ohio man. At the time, News 18 attempted to make calls to the number provided. It was disconnected.
In total, at least 195 pigeons have now been found dumped in the same dumpster. Wildlife rehabilitators said in previous discoveries that the pigeons were part of an illegal gambling ring and were abused.
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White said there are no cameras near the dumpster. Sgt. Riley said he couldn't comment whether or not ISP was investigating.
Photo from February dumping discovery.
Here we go again. For the 3rd time in 5 months, pigeons were found dumped overnight at NB I-65 Wolcott rest stop, according to @ISPLafayette. Attendant says at least 50 found with 5 dead. Found inside same dumpster in same types of boxes from Dec. & March discoveries. @WLFI pic.twitter.com/EbleRbrBD5
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) April 1, 2019