Group needs help with rescued birds

Hundreds of birds rescued from a Belleville home last month are costing a Tinton Falls animal welfare group thousands to care for.

Parakeets, budgies, cockatiels and other types of birds were seized in March after authorities found the carcasses of 375 other birds on the property. Police say the owner may be a hoarder.

The birds were taken to the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls, which has been spending about $700 a week on food alone for the birds.

Animal experts say many of the birds are exotic and require fresh fruit to survive.

The AHS would like to put the birds up for adoption, but cannot do so until the case goes to court.

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