FAQ on Feed Store Cruelty Case
Can you give me background on the case?
You can read the initial rescue story here.
Are charges being filed against the prior owner of the birds?
Yes, the owner of the feed store has been charged with felony animal cruelty. The investigation is ongoing.
What are the diseases the birds need to be tested for?
The two medically important diseases are infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV). If any bird tests positive for ILTV, they would enter our isolated, biosecure flock, space permitting. If a bird tests positive for IBV, a common avian illness, they would be candidates for integration into our main flock as virtually all chickens have been exposed to IBV.
If a bird tests negative for both ILTV and IBV, we would consider them adoption candidates.
Aren’t there cheaper tests?
There are! After consulting with poultry pathologists, we learned that the less expensive tests do not diagnose an active infection, which is necessary information. The more expensive tests ensure the birds are 100% free of active infection and disease.