Hundreds of homing pigeons stolen or left dead in Summerfield
By Kate Burgess, Reporter
SUMMERFIELD, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -
Marion County Sheriff's deputies are looking for almost a thousand pigeons, stolen from Summerfield farm.
Maria Morales said her husband is breeding the birds to sell at animal auctions. With about 2,200 pigeons to sell, the family was planning to use these birds for their retirement fund; until someone nabbed half their flock from the aviary on their farm.
The stolen pigeons are worth about $18,000, but because they are breeding pairs, Morales estimates the total yearly loss at around $75,000.
Marion County Sheriff's deputies said 100 baby birds were also found dead inside the cage. Morales said she feels violated.
"You feel safe because you're home and then something like this happens, and it's just devastating, it's disheartening," Morales added.
Morales said they are installing flood lights and surveillance cameras, in case the bird thief returns.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 368-STOP or 368-7867. Text tips to 274637 using keyword 368STOP. Tips can also be submitted at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.