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Ten-year bird bans for Sussex-base Gull Rescue pair
12:20pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
Two seagull rescuers have been banned from keeping birds for ten years.
Tim McKenzie and Jean Tyler, who ran Sussex-based National Gull Rescue and Protection Group, have been found guilty of causing suffering to dozens of gulls in their care.
The birds are now thought to have been put down to end their misery after vets found they had infections, untreated broken wings, dirty cages and a lack of fresh drinking water.
After concerns were raised by members of the public, the RSPCA found 47 birds being kept in cramped, overcrowded aviaries in back gardens.
National Seagull Rescue was one of only two organisations supporting injured seagulls in the country and the suffering birds had been collected from locations across Sussex.
The organisation’s director, McKenzie, 55, of Vicarage Road, Hastings, and Tyler, 66, of Pebsham Lane, Bexhill – who had injured and neglected gulls removed from her home – were each banned from keeping birds for ten years and were ordered to pay £2,000 court costs after being found guilty of causing neglect and suffering |under the Animal Welfare Act at Hastings Magistrates’ Court.
RSPCA inspector Tony Pritchard, who investigated the incident, said: “The defendants believed that they were rehabilitating the gulls and that they would all have recovered had they kept them.
“The vet evidence did not support this version of events and many birds were clearly left to suffer by people who were supposed to be helping them.
“It is our hope that the bans will go some way to preventing other birds from suffering in this way in future.”
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