Bird smuggler busted; Animal hoarder busted

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A bird smuggler was busted by customs at the border.

It's illegal to bring protected or endangered species into the United States.

A driver at the border was stopped and officers found a pair of parrots. The driver received a fine.

Conure parrots are native to central and South America and parts of Mexico.


An animal hoarder in Pinal County has been busted.

An air conditioning repairman found an odd assortment of animals in a Gold Canyon rental home just outside Apache Junction.

He told the owner who called animal control, who found 49 cats, three dogs, and four birds including a hen with a broken leg.

No word on the renter's name but she faces cruelty and neglect charges.