Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rosebud Ave & Corralitas Drive: Homeless Guy Paints Birds Red, Neighbors Cry "Foul"

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, May 12, 2017.  A number of neighbors are alarmed the homeless guy's live doves appear to have been painted or dyed red and pink.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, May 12, 2017.  Several neighbors contacted me over the past few days saying the doves were now red.  Two took photos.  All were advised to call the City's Animal Abuse Task Force.  

One neighbor wrote in an email, "The birds do not look well at all, especially the red one.  I understand this guy is homeless and has issues, but it's not these poor birds fault."
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, May 12, 2017.  Neighbors were already concerned for the doves' well being  as their cage was too small for them to move much or stretch their wings.  Painting or dying the helpless birds has really crossed the line.

The homeless guy has tested the patience of Corralitas Drive neighbors since early January.  

Previous posts:
February 17, 2017
March 24, 2017
May 11, 2017

*May 19, 2017 UPDATE: LA City Dept of Animal Services determined the doves were dyed with a hair dye like one used on dogs.  Thus there was no crime nor animal abuse.  At the same time Animal Services met with the homeless guy on site, LAPD SLO Lenny Davis, and PATH outreach workers once again offered him services and once again, he refused, preferring to remain on the sidewalk.