NEVADA CITY, Calif. — Authorities say hundreds of birds are being treated for starvation after being taken out of a feed store in California’s Nevada County.

Sacramento television station KCRA reports Tuesday the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department seized 360 live birds and 58 dead ones from Simply Country, a store in the community of Rough and Ready.

The investigation started last week after an injured piglet bought at the store was brought to the attention of animal control, which did a welfare check and found the dead and starving birds.

Hannah Beines is with Animal Place, a sanctuary for farm animals in Grass Valley, where the rescued birds and the injured piglet were taken. She says their vet determined the birds hadn’t eaten for days.

Simply Country general manager Nic Chittock denies any wrongdoing.

Samples from the birds are being tested at UC Davis. Evidence of starvation could lead to felony charges.


Information from: KCRA-TV.

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