- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - An animal welfare group says more than 200 birds, many of which are exotic, were rescued from the back room of a northern New Jersey store.

The state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued the birds Monday. The agency says the owner of the Passaic business was breeding birds and couldn’t care for them anymore.

An SPCA agent says feces covered the ground along with birdseed.

The birds included Amazon parrots, blue-headed parrots and cockatiels as well as finches, canaries, mourning doves and lovebirds.

No one has been charged. Authorities say the business owner is cooperating.

The birds are expected to go to sanctuaries and will eventually be available for adoption.

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