PASSAIC - Authorities say that they’ve uncovered hundreds of rare and exotic birds in the back room of a store in Passaic.

Officers from the Passaic County SPCA are calling it one of the worse cases of animal hoarding they’ve ever seen. They rescued 218 birds from inside the Maribel Secondhand Shop on Market Avenue. 

The birds were discovered a week ago by code enforcement officers. 

The store’s owner says he started out with a few birds several years ago, but over time they multiplied and he could no longer handle the situation.

Officials tell News 12 New Jersey that the birds were discover by code enforcement officers, who then notified the SPCA. SPCA officers say that the birds are in relatively good condition.

Several rescue groups responded to help remove the birds and get them checked out by a veterinarian.  They will eventually be put up for adoption. Information about when the birds will be up for adoption can be found at the agency's Facebook page

The birds’ owner will not face any charges, according to officials.