Prize budgies killed to sabotage Cornwall Budgerigar Show
Andrew Pooley, 58, from Delabole in Cornwall has been breeding budgies most of his life and felt devastated when he discovered that three of his prized birds were stamped to death and another 21 were stolen on 20th August. One of the killed birds was Penmead Pride, Mr Pooley’s budgie that was crowned show champion in 2009.
‘I was devastated. I felt sick. It’s a feeling I can’t explain…I have spent 40 years of my life breeding budgies and it’s just in the last five that I have started to do really well on the show circuit.’
It all happened the night before the Cornwall Budgerigar Show, so the Devon and Cornwall Police suspects that someone had sabotage in mind when committed such a heartless crime: ‘We were called to the property on 20th August after the owner found 21 birds worth £2,000 had been stolen. Some had also been killed.’
Mr Pooley had to withdraw from the 2010 show and he is appealing in specialist budgerigar publications to get the rest of his birds back: ‘I spent most of my time with the birds, they were my life.’
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