'Dreadful': 92 birds found stuffed inside trashed Sydney flat

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A man and woman in Sydney have been fined $6000 each after 92 birds, 42 of which were dead, were found inside their squalid apartment.

The birds were kept in 19 cages at the Liverpool apartment, and discovered by RSPCA inspectors in January after a search warrant was executed.

RSPCA NSW said the cages were "extremely overcrowded" while the apartment was filled with rubbish to the ceiling in some rooms.

None of the cages had clean water or natural light.

Several bird cages can be seen in this photo from the squalid apartment. Source: RSPCA NSW
Several bird cages can be seen in this photo from the squalid apartment. Source: RSPCA NSW

“It was an incredibly confronting experience witnessing the poor living conditions that these birds were subjected to," said RSPCA NSW's Inspector Tyson.

"It is so sad to think about how long these animals were suffering, and how this dreadful situation was completely preventable.”

In one of the cages, the accumulation of old seed and faeces was so extreme that the birds inside had no perch, or ability to stretch out their wings, RSPCA NSW said.

The pair were sentenced on May 30 at Liverpool Local Court for three offences against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979).

The RSPCA reported they were convicted for failing to provide veterinary treatment to 12 emaciated birds, 5 birds with various eye conditions and failing to provide appropriate housing for the 50 living birds.

Magistrate Mabbutt fined each defendant $6000 and imposed a two-year Community Corrections Order, the RSPCA said. In addition, the defendants received two-year disqualification orders.

The male defendant was ordered to pay $12,027.85 in veterinary care and shelter costs, and the female defendant was ordered to pay $6,728.43 in costs, expenses incurred by RSPCA NSW in caring for the birds.

“If you suspect someone in your neighbourhood is not providing sufficient care for their pets, please contact RSPCA NSW. Our team are here to provide assistance and support to achieve the best possible outcome for vulnerable animals," Inspector Tyson said.

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