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Cardiologist pleads guilty to animal cruelty in bird hoarding case

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Cardiologist pleads guilty to animal cruelty in bird hoarding case

Photo provided by Lifeline Animal Project
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Photo provided by Lifeline Animal Project

Abhay Trivedi, a local cardiologist, pleaded guilty to seven counts of cruelty to animals related to a 2016 raid on his DeKalb County home.

Police discovered hundreds of birds, some dead in their cages, in a home that also had chickens and dogs.

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“The charges against Trivedi stem from a July 13, 2016 raid on his Echo Trail home in northeast Atlanta,” the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said. “DeKalb Police received an anonymous complaint that Defendant Trivedi was hoarding birds that were in various states of malnutrition and dehydration. Officers subsequently secured and later executed a search warrant of the Defendant’s home. Due to the unsanitary conditions of the home, Animal Control officers were forced to wear hazmat gear during their inspection. Chemical testing revealed near toxic ammonia levels due to the amount of animal feces and urine inside the home. Authorities discovered more than a dozen chickens, four dogs, and hundreds of birds. Many of the birds were left dead in cages or suffered from various states of dehydration and malnutrition. The rescued animals were transported to Lifeline Animal Project of DeKalb County for housing and care.”

The doctor will serve seven years probation and will pay $59,466 in restitution to Lifeline.

“According to the terms of his agreement, Defendant Trivedi is prohibited from possessing any animals and must also submit to mental health evaluations and treatment,” the District Attorney’s Office said.

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