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Please if anyone can spread the word or help out in any way, or even take in one chicken! There is about a week til these roosters and hens are put down.
MEDIA ADVISORY / PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 1, 2013
Contact: Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager 916-808-8333 or 916-230-4533
Front Street Animal Shelter seeks rescue and sanctuary for neglected chickens obtained in cruelty case
On Saturday evening, September 28, 2013, Sacramento Police responded to the report of a foul odor coming from the rear of the property located at 5824 Franklin Boulevard. Requesting the assistance of Animal Control, several hundred chickens were found in a makeshift side garage. Hens and roosters were found in a transport cage without food and water. Living in extremely unsanitary and cramped quarters, business owners were cited for violation of city code 9.44.250 (requirement to provide proper care for animals) and 9.44.260 (requirement to provide clean quarters for animals) in the amount of $20,000. The owners were advised that Officers would return the following day to ensure compliance with these code sections.
On Sunday, September 29, 2013, the business was closed and access to the animals was not possible.
Returning on Monday morning, September 30, 2013, Officers encountered one of the business owners attempting to remove the chickens from the facility with a rented trailer. With assistance from the Sacramento Police Department, the business owner was detained. The ownership of the 235 Rhode Island Red hens and roosters was ultimately relinquished to the care of Sacramento City Animal Control.
With the gracious assistance of Sacramento County Animal Care and The Humane Society of the United States, the chickens are now properly housed, and being provided with appropriate food, water and care. Veterinarian Jean Rabinowitz is assisting with the medical assessment of the animals and was instrumental at the scene.
“We are grateful to the City of Sacramento for acting on their concerns about the welfare of these animals,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director with The Humane Society of the United States, which has pledged to cover up to $5,000 for feed, shelter and veterinary care. “City and state laws protect the welfare of all animals, not just dogs and cats. Animals raised for food deserve basic, humane treatment, and chickens certainly should not be kept unfed, without water, and crammed into dirty, barren cages where they can’t stand up or move about for days.”;
The Humane Farming Association has agreed to rescue all of the hens and they will soon be transported to their Northern California sanctuary. The City of Sacramento now seeks placement for approximately 125 roosters, enlisting the support of area rescues and sanctuaries. With city code prohibiting the ownership of roosters, efforts to save the roosters must expand beyond the city limits.
“The City of Sacramento has a zero tolerance policy for animal cruelty and neglect,” said Gina Knepp, manager of the city’s Front Street Animal Shelter. “Now we hope the broader animal rescue community comes together to help ensure a positive outcome for these roosters.”