Recently animal welfare workers in eastern England responded to a disturbing call. Nearly 1,000 new born chicks were dumped on the side of the road for no apparent reason. It happened near Peterborough and officials believe they came from a commercial chick producer nearby but were dumped by a third party.
The chicks were only a day old and officials have no idea why someone would carry out such a cruel act. To make matters worse, the temperature was very cold so rescuers had to act fast to get them warm.
Several locals came out to help once they heard what had happened.
Some of them could not be saved but most of them were rescued and brought back to where officials believe they came from.
RSPCA Inspector Jason Stubbs said, “I have never seen anything like it, it was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable. The chicks are only about a day old and are really tiny and quite delicate. Some of the birds were dead or dying when we arrived so some, sadly, had to be humanely put to sleep.”
An investigation is underway to find out who dumped them. The surviving chicks were brought back to the farm where investigators believe they came from.
The volunteers helped to round them up and put them in cardboard boxes so they huddle together and keep warm.
Inspector Stubbs added, “For someone to dump these vulnerable chicks is unbelievable. But I’d like to thank all the members of the public who teamed together to help us round up all the birds and confine them in boxes where they could huddle together for warmth.”