06/11/2014 05:17 EDT | Updated 08/11/2014 05:59 EDT

3 Teens Charged In Death Of Slave Lake Parrot

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SLAVE LAKE, Alta. - Three teens have been charged after a pet parrot was stolen and later found dead near its owners' home in north central Alberta.

RCMP say Ozzi the parrot was found June 3, a day after he was allegedly taken from the backyard of his home in Slave Lake, about 250 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

A 15-year-old boy is charged with injuring or endangering an animal and causing unnecessary suffering to the bird and theft of the bird.

A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy have also been charged with possession of stolen property and injuring or endangering an animal.

The three youths will appear in youth court on June 25.

A Facebook group and online petition called “Justice for Ozzi” has more than 10,000 names.

The couple got the bird ten years ago and taught it to speak English and Arabic.


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