02 Mar '12, 8pm

50,000 Hens Abandoned At California Egg Farm

Several weeks ago, a California egg producer abandoned his farm—and an estimated 50,000 hens—leaving a horrifying mess for animal rescuers who came in to save the survivors. The LA Times reports that authorities said 47,000 of the chickens died, and that the survivors had not been fed in more than two weeks. Authorities only discovered the hens because a citizen complained about the growing stench. The Modesto Bee reports that the local animal services agency "plans to seek prosecution of Andy Keung Cheung, owner of A&L Poultry, where the hens were found." The LA Times quotes a woman from one of the sanctuaries that participated in the rescue: "My heart is in my throat," said Anne Martin, with Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary... "These are the sicker birds from the group ... most are able to stand on their feet ... they are interested in food, they are drinking but they are n...

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