300 dead birds found in home of New Jersey animal rescuer

LITTLE SILVER, NJ

Officials found the dead birds in cages stacked from floor to ceiling in the Little Silver home where 54-year-old Gretchen Rell lived with her 95-year-old mother. The birds were mostly seagulls, pigeons, robins, wrens and loons.

Another 60 animals were found in the Ocean Township home where Rell lived with her husband.

Rell was a volunteer with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who was supposed to pick up birds and take them to a rehabilitation center.

County SPCA chief law enforcement officer Victor "Buddy" Amato tells the Asbury Park Press he plans to file animal cruelty charges.

This story was reported by WABC-TV, KTRK's sister station in New York.

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