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Case ID: 11642
Classification: Mutilation/Torture, Theft
Animal: bird (pet)
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Monday, May 14, 2007

County: Kent

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Pamela Worden

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A city woman is accused of stealing a $500 baby parrot from a local Petco store and cutting off its foot to remove its identification tag. Officers found the bird, alive but bleeding, in the woman's apartment, the police said.

Earlier this week, the woman allegedly entered the Petco store on Bald Hill Road to inquire about buying a parrot. According to the police, she asked to hold a baby bird and started asking questions about it, saying she had recently bought a similar parrot at another store.

Several minutes later, the clerk noticed that the bird's cage was empty and the parrot nowhere to be found. The woman was also missing.

"She was the last person to have held the bird and she had expressed a lot of interest in it, so she was the likely suspect," Sgt. Robert C. Rocco said.

Because the woman had mentioned buying a bird at another local store, Petco employees traced the purchase, obtaining the woman's name and address, and called the Warwick polic.

Yesterday morning, Rocco and Officer Tammy Mello went to Pamela Worden's apartment at 300 Lambert Lind Hwy. When they knocked on the door, they heard an encouraging sound: birds chirping.

Worden, 56, answered the door. Inside the apartment, they found what was described as a cage with two birds. One was missing its foot and was bleeding, Rocco said.

On a counter nearby, they spotted the amputated foot and next to it the bird's identification band and a pair of scissors.

"She had [apparently] cut off the parrot's leg to get the i.d. bracelet off of it," Rocco said. "It was like a horror movie. She seemed like such an unassuming woman."

Worden was arrested and charged with one count of felony possession of stolen goods and one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

She was scheduled to be arraigned late May 16 in District Court.

"I've been doing this for 24 years, and this was probably the most bizarre thing I've ever run into," Rocco said yesterday.

The parrot was taken to Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, in East Greenwich, for treatment. The other bird and a poodle that police also found in the apartment were taken into custody.

A Petco store manager called the incident "an unfortunate theft" but referred all further questions to the store's corporate offices, where a spokesman confirmed that Petco attaches identification bands to all its birds.

"I've been doing this for 24 years, and this was probably the most bizarre thing I've ever run into."

Case Updates

A court appearance has been postponed for a woman accused of stealing a baby parrot and cutting off its leg to remove a store tag. Prosecutors said Pamela Worden walked into a pet store in May, stole the $500 bird and later snipped off one of its legs to remove an identity tag.

Police say they found the parrot bleeding in Worden's apartment along with an amputated foot and a pair of scissors.

Worden had been scheduled to appear Monday for a pre-trial hearing, but it was postponed until November 5.

Worden previously pleaded not guilty to possessing stolen goods, a felony, and cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor. A spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Lynch says prosecutors will request prison time for Worden if she's convicted.
Source: WISH - Oct 30, 2007
Update posted on Nov 1, 2007 - 1:16AM 


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