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WHITE COUNTY, Ind. — Fifty-seven dead and dying pigeons were found in a dumpster at a White County rest stop in December.

Indiana State Trooper David Vido found the pigeons Dec. 10. Someone had stuffed the birds inside cardboard produce boxes and thrown them away.

Five of the pigeons were already dead when Trooper Vido arrived; two others died a short time later due to injury or malnutrition.

Wildlife rehabilitator Kim Hoover told ISP that the birds were probably used in illegal pigeon gambling races, where their wings were clipped and they were forced to race along a track.

50 of the 57 pigeons discovered by Trooper Vido are still alive. The birds are being cared for by wildlife rehabilitators and will be up for adoption sometime in the next few weeks.

For adoption inquiries or more information, please contact A Critters Chance wildlife rehab in Indianapolis at (765) 430-5610.

If you know anything about the pigeons or who may have placed them in the dumpster, call the Indiana State Police.  

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