The Spicy Pigeon
This is a different kind of rescue, but a successful one that we thought worth sharing. On December 26, Animal Management Officer (AMO) Whittle and Arvada’s newest AMO, Officer Scofield, were dispatched to an injured pigeon. It was cold and snowy, and the officers wanted to examine the bird to make sure he wasn’t injured.
AMO Scofield skillfully caught and examined our feathered friend, who was found to have a large puncture wound on his chest. He was not very happy with being caught and complained rather grumpily, earning himself the nickname Spicy Pigeon. AMOs Whittle and Scofield also found that he was a domestic pigeon as he had a leg band.
They took him to Foothills Animal Shelter, where he was treated and his band traced back to the breeder. The breeder, unfortunately, had no information on who Spicy was sold to and unfortunately, did not have the means to take him back. Foothills, after treating Spicy, released him per the breeder’s instructions. However, as a homing pigeon, he took off…and returned. And wouldn’t leave again.
AMO Scofield asked that Foothills bring Spicy back inside and place him for adoption. Meanwhile, she began researching pigeon and dove rescues in the metro area. On December 27, before Arvada Animal Management could even set up a rescue, Spicy was adopted.
Spicy is now named Pikachu, and we are hoping he is happy and safe in his new home. #neighborsconnected