Chicken Abusers Charged With Animal Cruelty
by Contra Costa County, California DA
Teenagers Strangled to Death Two Hens at El Monte Elementary School in November
On December 1, 2010, three teenage boys were arrested for strangling to death two hens, Linny and Maxine, who were living peacefully in a coop with two other hens at El Monte Elementary School in Concord, California. The school custodian discovered the hens on the morning of November 24. http://www.upc-online.org/alerts/110221el_monte_update.html
Because the offenders are juveniles, the District Attorney’s Office cannot disclose their names; however, the case has been assigned to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tompkins, who assured United Poultry Concerns in a recent phone call that the DA has filed charges against all three juveniles and that the case is being taken very seriously and that rehabilitative counseling is involved. Under CA Penal Code 597, a person is guilty of cruelty to animals who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal.
Ms. Tompkins told UPC that the DA’s office has received many letters from around the country urging prosecution of the teenagers. UPC thanks everyone who responded to our Action Alerts! We’ll advise you of any new news on this case.