Ian Middleton allegedly found the creatures traumatised and living in appalling conditions when he arrived unannounced to collect them
By Gail Cameron
9th December 2017, 9:58 pm
DEAD owls at a bird sanctuary were dumped in a freezer, it’s claimed.
An animal lover said he discovered the icy tomb as he returned to pick up his flock from temporary care while his rescue centre flitted.
Ian Middleton was told four birds of prey perished at Hoots Forever Home in Dalry, Ayrshire.
Recalling the horror, his partner Carole Rose, 62, said: “A volunteer spent nearly two hours bringing birds out the freezer one at a time, asking ‘Is this yours?’
“Of all the dead birds shown, which was over a dozen, three were ours – a kestrel, a barn owl and a buzzard.”
Carole said they sent 23 birds to the charity for five months in 2015 while moving their Wild Wings rehab base in Warrington, Cheshire.
Ian allegedly found the creatures traumatised and living in appalling conditions when he arrived unannounced to collect them.
And the horrified couple were stunned to be hit with a £9,500 feed bill by charity chief Lisa Kennedy — despite some of their flock missing from the invoice.