CARDIOLOGIST PLEADS GUILTY IN ´BIRD HOARDING' CASE
Hundreds of Birds, Other Animals Found Dead or Sick In Home Raid
Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by guilty plea in an animal cruelty case against a DeKalb cardiologist. During court proceedings Wednesday, 45-year-old Abhay Trivedi entered a guilty plea to seven counts of Cruelty to Animals for hoarding and neglecting hundreds of birds and other animals.
The charges against Trivedi stem from a July 13, 2016 raid on his Echo Trail home in northeast Atlanta. 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.
Following his guilty plea, Trivedi was sentenced by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gail Flake to seven years on probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $59,466 to Lifeline for housing and medical costs associated with the animals in their care. 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 case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jep Bendinger with assistance from DA Investigator Matt McLendon. Detective J. R. Gagnon of the DeKalb Police Department led the initial investigation.