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Birds Owned By Aurora Hoarder Up For Adoption

Homeowner David Skebedis displays one of his birds, a conure. (Credit: Suzanne LeMignot/CBS 2)

Homeowner David Skebedis displays one of his birds, a conure. (Credit: Suzanne LeMignot/CBS 2)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago area bird organization that took in hundreds of birds that were allegedly being inadequately cared for by their owner plans to put the birds up for adoption.

The Greater Chicago Caged Bird Club has 358 birds from David Skeberdis’ Aurora townhouse. All but 16 are parakeets.

Club adoption director Diana Federl says people have offered to adopt some of the birds.

“I sincerely doubt we’re going to get enough adoption applications.” she said. “So, if there’s a pet store, small zoo or other organization that can help us place them, we will consider it. The idea is to get these guys homes.”

Right now, the birds are being cared for in a Villa Park storefront for the next couple of months. Federl says alleged animal hoarder David Skeberdis has been asking about the birds and has visited them.

There are 342 parakeets and 16 birds of other kinds that were rescued from the Aurora townhouse of Skeberdis.

Skeberdis is charged with misdemeanor companion animal hoarding.

Federl says the group has received donations of money from bird-lovers–as well as 800 pounds of bird seed from a couple of seed companies.

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