Exotic birds found at Army surplus store
About 100 rare and expensive birds were extracted from a Huntington Army surplus store Wednesday.
The owners of the 60-year-old building, which is located on Jericho Turnpike, were evicted after defaulting on their mortgage. Inside, the SPCA says it found nearly 100 exotic birds, parrots, parakeets, 24 cats and a dog. Officers say the animals were living in squalor.
Chief Roy Gross, of the Suffolk SPCA, said the birds were in small cages with feces as high as 8 inches.
The evicted owner, Muriel Gluck, says she disputes SPCA findings that the animals were at risk.
"The animals are very healthy and they're very happy," said Gluck. "Their cages are dirty, I admit that. We were trying to avoid the eviction for quite some time."
According to the SPCA, Gluck could face animal cruelty charges.
Gluck says she is moving some of her belongings upstate.