Dozens of people spent hours trying to catch a pet macaw named Charlie after getting loose from its owner a few days ago. Helpful volunteers weren’t the only one’s wanting to give her the bird. There were a number of people upset about Charlie getting loose, and they expressed their thoughts on social media. Charlie’s owner, Amanda Bonanza gave us her thoughts about the comments.
"So I tried staying off social media because I didn’t want to see the negative because I already felt bad enough….because I did take him out of his cage, but it was again an accident," Amanda said.
It was an accident she says will never happen again. "I said he would never leave the house again, but that’s not fair to him because he enjoys the car, and when he’s good he gets McDonald’s," she said.
Amanda says Charlie will be going to camp with her, but he’s not going anywhere unless his wings are clipped. Once the bird's wings are clipped Charlie can’t fly away, but Amanda wants to be able to clip them herself.
"I’m going to let somebody teach me. I’m not going to try and do it by myself because I don’t want to hurt him," she said.
Town of New Hartford Animal Control Officer John Treen was the one who finally netted the bird. He says there were no laws broken, and this is just part of doing his job.
"Whenever you have animals accidents can happen. Be prepared for the worst at all times because things happen. You know at the end of the day you’re dealing with an animal," said Treen. "You’re not dealing with a person that can necessarily reason in certain situations, and certain situations may spook or scare them, so you always need to be prepared."
Amanda plans on being prepared from now on, and wants everyone who had an interest in Charlie to hear this:
"It was emotional. I did a lot of crying. I cried when he was caught, I cried when I’d seen him, so we’re just happy to have him home and I just want everybody to know how grateful from my heart that I am from all the outpouring support."