Sydney Man ‘Burns 12 Pigeons to Death’

A man has been charged after a pigeon coop was torched, killing 12 birds in Sydney’s south.

A Rosebery resident was awoken by a neighbour telling him his bird coop was on fire on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze but 12 of the 37 pigeons were killed.

Police arrested a 33-year-old man and searched a nearby home where they found a barbecue lighter, oxycontin – a pain medicine known colloquially as ‘hillbilly heroin’ – and cannabis.

The man was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, damaging property by fire and drugs charges.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear before Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.