Almost 70,000 chickens killed by accident

A 21-year-old drunk man killed almost 70,000 chickens on a farm in Maryland by turning off the power to their houses. Turning off the power stops their supply of food, water and clean air. Only around a hundred chickens survived.

Why?

“The theory is that he may have been in there looking for a light switch,” said Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Robinson also noted this was the first time in his almost 20-year-career he’d seen a crime like this.

Needless to say, the man is being charged with a few crimes, including animal cruelty. But I also think–he turned the power off to three chicken houses. There were around 70,000 birds in those houses. They must have been freakin’ huge, or they were in such conditions that the farmer himself should be charged with animal cruelty.

70,000 chickens found dead in Maryland (Digital Journal)

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