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ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers Seize 700 Chickens Housed in Brooklyn Garage

October 3, 2006

NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement agents with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) are investigating a possible case of animal cruelty in which hundreds of chickens were discovered in a garage at 18th Avenue and 52nd Street in Brooklyn.

ASPCA investigators on Monday removed more than 700 chickens, housed in shallow crates, and took them to the ASPCA’s 92nd Street headquarters where they will be evaluated by veterinary staff at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.

“It’s not illegal to have chickens in New York City, but the conditions under which these were kept could be illegal,” said Joseph Pentangelo, assistant director of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Division. Pentangelo noted that the physical state of all of the chickens had not yet been evaluated, but some were found dead.

The investigation has just begun and remains open. No arrests have been made.