Animal Collector/THis is not a good story
Hundreds of pigeons, rodents found in Toronto apartment
UPDATED: 2007-03-26 01:46:19 MST
TORONTO -- Complaints of animal noises and foul smells seeping from a downtown Toronto apartment led to the discovery yesterday of hundreds of cooped up pigeons and rodents.
"We found literally hundreds of pigeons flying loose, rats, mice, excrement from (the) animals through and throughout," Staff Sgt. Stan Belza said, adding officers had to wear masks to protect themselves from the "significant health hazard" posed by layers of animal droppings.
A man in his 60s was arrested under the provincial Mental Health Act.
Toronto Public Health and Toronto Humane Society were called in to investigate.
Society officials worked into the evening to box the animals and remove them.
They estimated there were 300 to 400 pigeons and 250 mice in the small apartment.
The door to the apartment has been sealed.
Residents of the building were told to put towels under their doors until the apartment is cleaned today, Belza said.