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Turlock farmers charged after hens starve

Posted: February 12, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 5:00 p.m.

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say two poultry farmers accused of leaving 50,000 hens to starve are facing felony animal cruelty charges.

Andy Cheung and Lien Diep were arraigned Monday on the charges in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

If convicted, they could face up to three years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Animal welfare workers who found the abandoned hens at A&L Poultry near Turlock a year ago said the birds had not been fed for two weeks. More than 20,000 were dead and 25,000 were euthanized.

Defense attorney Martha Jane Carlton-Magana said no pleas were entered because one of the defendants faced a family emergency. Pleas are expected March 11.

The lawyer said the men had been working to properly euthanize the birds and had given the flock to a third party.


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