Contributed Meia, an Indian Ringneck Parakeet, died while having her leg amputated in Calgary. She was discovered abandoned in Lethbridge.

Vets in Calgary say the death of a parrot could have been avoided had the owners sought proper medical care.

According to Birdline Parrot Rescue, a woman in Lethbridge found an Indian Ringneck Parakeet, now dubbed Meia, in a cardboard box on her doorstep.

Meia’s left leg was out of place, oozing blood and covered in lesions. The woman wrapped the bird’s leg in medical tape and called Birdline Canada, who then came to pick up the bird.

“Most tropical species of parrots do not handle extreme cold weather, the dangers of hypothermia to an exotic parrot are very real, and we are very thankful that this woman found her and took into a warm place immediately” said Anna Lawrence, executive director of Birdline Canada Parrot Rescue.

Once Meia was taken to the Calgary Avian and Exotic Pet Clinic, vets determined her left ankle was broken weeks ago and fused in place and could not be repaired. The leg was meant to be amputated Thursday, but Meia died during the surgery.

“This bird suffered for a minimum of 3 weeks. It is highly likely that the leg could have been repaired at the time of injury if the owner had sought out medical help. To leave this bird to suffer for weeks and then dump her on someone’s doorstep in the middle of winter is simply unacceptable” said Lawrence.

Information on Meia’s case is being sought and a complaint has been lodged with the Alberta SPCA.

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