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Woman charged after more than 600 birds removed from Clintonville home

According to the ASPCA, the seizure is the result of a public complaint concerning living conditions and reports of animal neglect.

Columbus Humane and ASPCA are removed more than 600 birds from a Clintonville home on Aug. 14.

Staff from both agencies were seen carrying large cages from the home, some around 4-feet tall, that Tuesday afternoon.

Susan Stieve, the caretaker, faces 11 counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, all second-degree misdemeanor charges.

According to the ASPCA, the seizure was the result of a public complaint concerning living conditions and reports of animal neglect which came June 7. The warrant was obtained Aug. 13.

A variety of bird species, including parakeets, cockatiels, finches, Macaws, African grey parrots, Amazon parrots and Cockatoos were found living in extremely overcrowded conditions, some with medical issues, missing feathers, and a lack of adequate husbandry, according to the ASPCA.

According to court documents, at least one bird had an overgrown beak, one had a large mass under its wing, several were determined to be underweight and dehydrated and severe feather plucking throughout the population was evident.

"The home was very unsanitary, full of dust, seed and bird feces," the documents read.

Investigators say the home is just 1,000 square feet.

U-Haul trucks were brought in along with three vans and a trailer to transport and house the birds.

The birds will be taken to a temporary shelter where the birds will receive medical assessments and care.

Stieve is a member of a national bird showing organization and is a former national champion exhibitor. She also works at Ohio State in Horticulture and Crop Sciences.

Neighbors said they assumed the woman was caring for injured birds, never knowing that many were living here.

"She was compassionate about what she did. She made people believe that she worked with the rescue people care for the animals," neighbor Martha Mumford said.