Surviving parakeets in Lindenhurst taken to animal rescue groups

Some of the birds that survived were taken to animal rescue groups where they are being nursed back to health.

News 12 Staff

Jun 24, 2021, 10:06 PM

Updated 1,033 days ago

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There's growing outrage in Lindenhurst Thursday after neighbors learned that several nests belonging to green monk parakeets were destroyed Tuesday.
Pictures show at least a dozen dead baby birds and eggs found either on the ground or in the garbage. Some of the birds that survived were taken to animal rescue groups where they are being nursed back to health.
The Village of Lindenhurst says it hired Johnson Control to install new energy-efficient lights at the Thomas Brennan Field. Officials say they were horrified about the incident saying, "We have reported the matter to the proper authorities for a full investigation. We have also demanded a complete report from the responsible contractor."
Pam Ferencsik, of Lindenhurst, says there was no reason for this to happen. She says it's animal cruelty.
The monk parakeets are not a protected species in New York. The Suffolk SPCA says it is now looking into the matter.
"With any animal, regardless if they are protected or not, you should not treat them like literally garbage," says Detective Domenic Mozzone, of the Suffolk SPCA. "You just don't do that. You get the appropriate rescue groups involved. You don't take it into your own hands to literally execute little hatchlings.
The contractor Johnson Control tells News 12 in a statement that it's sorry the removal of the nests caused distress to the birds and residents. It adds it will take steps to see that this does not happen again.
Some neighbors say the birds are already starting to rebuild their nests.


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