For the first time in five years, Janet Lynam's home is empty -- of people, and birds.
"I feel lost, I feel so lost," said Lynam.
Thursday, Hillsborough County Animal Control removed 46 birds after the bank foreclosed on the home Lynham was renting near Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Lynam says she hasn't held a job since 1990 and the $15 she made per lovebird sold was her only source of income beyond Social Security and food stamps.
"I wasn't eating to feed my animals, you understand?" she said. "It was too much, and I had no help."
The birds were brought to Country Chase vet.
"When they're not living like this, they're really cute birds," said Jennifer James of Florida Parrot Rescue.
Rescuers were horrified to find they're covered in cat urine, and worse.
"They're roach infested and it's absolutely disgusting," said James.
James says it doesn't appear they will have any long-term health problems, but they will need to be nursed, cleaned and trained for possibly months before they can be adopted.
"Hopefully they'll be OK," said James.
Lynam told us she kept males and females in the same cage to encourage reproduction, and indeed, lovebirds were still hatching today.
Lynam says she is homeless now, and had friends pick her up while we were there.
"I just want my bird," she added.
She will not face criminal charges.
Some of the birds should be available for adoption within several weeks.
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