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Dozens of pigeons recovered from trash at I-65 rest park in White County

Police say dozens of pigeons were found packaged in cardboard boxes in an Indiana dumpster and they'll be put up for adoption in the coming weeks.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 2:47 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 3:59 PM

WOLCOTT, Ind. (AP) — Police say dozens of pigeons were found packaged in cardboard boxes in an Indiana dumpster and they'll be put up for adoption in the coming weeks.

State police issued a statement Thursday about the Dec. 10 discovery, saying Trooper David Vido found the boxes after responding to an early-morning call. They were at a rest stop in White County along Interstate 65 at the 196 mile marker.

Trooper Vido with the assistance of wildlife rehabilitators Kim Hoover of Pulaski County and Kelly Thomas of “A Critters Chance” recovered a total of fifty-seven pigeons that had been thrown away.

Hoover stated the pigeons most likely came from a homing pigeon race, where the birds are taken to a designated location and fly back to their roost. Hoover states that it is rumored to have large sums of money tied to betting on when and if the pigeons will return. Due to the poor condition of the pigeons, they were unable to fly when they were recovered.. Police say five were dead and two others died later.

“In my 40 years of being a certified wildlife rehabilitator, this has been a first,” said Hoover.

As a result of injuries and malnutrition, five of the pigeons were dead at the scene and an additional 2 had since passed. The remaining 50 pigeons are recovering and will be available for adoption as they regain their health in the upcoming weeks.

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