NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police say dozens of dead chickens where left behind in a Norfolk parking lot over the weekend.
Animal Protection officers were called to the lot of the vacant of the Kmart on Military Highway and Norview Avenue.
Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says there were 51 dead chickens in total that were
The chickens were removed and the scene was cleared.
10 On Your Side caught up with the couple that called in the finding.
They didn’t want to use their names or go on camera, but they say it’s something they’ll never forget.
They say on Saturday, they were taking a short cut to their daughter’s house when a stench caught their attention.
“I thought it might have been a couple dead sea gulls or something that had passed on back here, but not chickens like that, that’s like a mass slaughter,” the man said.
They tell 10 On Your Side that chickens were spilling out of plastic bags and cardboard boxes.
“I mean they’re chickens but they’re still animals, they have a life, too. If people didn’t want them they could have found another way to give them to somebody or give them to animal rescues or something not do what they did stack them up in a big pile like they did,” he said.
The couple says they have a lot of questions about what happened to those birds.
“The most disturbing aspect of it was to see so many dead at once and you don’t know why,” the woman said.
Officials say two of the chickens recovered have been sent to the Warrenton Animal Health Lab for testing, i.e. manner/cause of death and toxicology.
APU has been advised that it could take up to four weeks to receive the results.
Charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Anyone with information can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.