NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) — Dozens of baby finches were found dazed or dead Sunday morning in a private park of an upscale Manhattan neighborhood in what one resident described as a “finchocide.”

Residents of Gramercy Park are trying to figure out how the birds got there.

One resident tells 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa that she believes some of James’ enemies may be setting him up

“All these people saw all these dead birds,”  one resident told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.

“I think it’s inhumane, crazy,” another resident said.

The Daily News reports that an e-mail circulating on Monday pointed the finger at Aldon James, the president of the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park.

The 2-inch long birds were reportedly found with orange tags around their legs suggesting that they had been in captivity.

Rockland County bird breeder Pierre Brooks reportedly said James bought about 50 Australian zebra finches from him last week but he said James was too responsible to dump them in the park.

James, who is described as a bird enthusiast, showed Papa some finches in the lobby of the club but denied getting rid of any birds and said he rescued some of the abandoned animals.

The ASPCA is investigating.

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