1. ITV Report

Woman banned from keeping birds after abandoning parrots

Credit: RSPCA

A woman who abandoned her pet parrots in an empty property in Cornwall has been banned from keeping birds for two years following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

Briony Coster admitted leaving an African grey parrot and a blue and gold macaw alone in a property in Liskeard for six days in July.

Both birds - who were underweight when they were rescued - were removed with the authority of the landlord and taken to a vets for examination.

Coster was banned from keeping birds for two years and fined £450, plus a £20 victim surcharge. She was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.

The RSPCA says both birds have since recovered and will be found new homes.

Deputy chief inspector Suzy Hannaby, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said "There is never an excuse for simply walking away and leaving an animal to potentially face a long slow death from starvation."

There is help available for those who, for whatever reason, find themselves unable to provide for their animals and we encourage people to seek out this help, rather than abandoning an animal.

– DCI Suzy Hannaby