Kris....your comments are absurd. Man is the intelligent species, therefore, he is supposed to be a steward of the Earth and all things in it. Common sense dictates that if you are incapable of effectively taking care of animals or children or the elderly..or anything you voluntarily hold captive, you should find people who can. It isn't about animals having any less a chance in the wild, somewhere else, or being "let go". Even if those were viable alternatives, animals don't have a choice. It is about HUMANS deciding to hoard that which they can not adequately provide for. Domestic animals are a major responsibility, just as much as children. Economics is an instant way of knowing whether you are "qualified" to have, feed, and provide shots and medical care for that many animals. Another is whether you can give them proper attention and exercise and be there for them. You can not CAGE living things without allowing them to exercise --- even birds. Animals also require human interaction and socialization. Birds become very depressed when left by themselves and most dogs and cats suffer from separation anxiety. You can't leave for days or weeks without having to arrange for others to care for them. Just when you think man is the intelligent animal --- think again. He may have it but he too often, doesn't use it.
This is a case of pure ignorance and neglect and these people should be punished by more than a fine. They should feel what it is like to be caged and (if it were me) not fed for awhile.
It speaks volumes when you say "they" (THE ANIMAL CONTROL) should have had the intelligence to......" yet you think these people who were just "overwhelmed" shouldn't have possessed the intelligence to know whether they were capable of providing a healthy environment for all of these living things. Stupidity abounds. The road to hell is paved with "good intentions".