Rescued Birds to be Handed Over to State

Caretaker worries birds could be euthanized

By Sarah Grieco
|  Saturday, May 5, 2012  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Lindy O'Leary holds one of the seagulls she cares for at the Wildlife Center of San Diego in Poway.

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The woman who runs the Poway-based Wildlife Center of San Diego is attempting to keep the animals at her facility even though she operates without a permit, reports our media partner North County Times.

The state Senate bill that would have allowed the center to remain open did not pass; however, the lawmaker who initiated it is attempting to guarantee the safety of the facility's animals.

Lindy O’Leary, who operates Wildlife Center of San Diego, told North County Times she will pursue further litigation. Under her care are seven seagulls, two hawks and one crow.

Last month, O’Leary agreed to turn the birds over to the California Fish and Game Department, where she said the birds would be euthanized. The department has said there are no such plans.

State Sen. Mimi Walters from Lake Forest had introduced the bill intended to allow the center to obtain a new permit to operate, but it was later pulled from the agenda.

O’Leary will have to return the birds by next week, but she isn’t happy about it.

"They guarantee they won't be euthanized as long as they have them, so there's no guaranteed they won't be euthanized (by somebody else)," she said. "They're just doing it because they're mean. They're going to put the birds at some facility where they'll be neglected and probably euthanized."

Read the full story at North County Times.
 

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