Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ag Student's Livestock Abused, Tortured

Jun 9, 2010 10:26 pm US/Pacific
Dozens Of Animals Brutally Attacked At High School

WINTERS, Calif. (CBS13) ― An unknown number of suspects savagely hurt and killed dozens of animals in an attack on a high school agriculture department, stunning students and staff and sparking a search for the people responsible.

Officials said students at Winters High School discovered the horrific scene Wednesday morning after vandals opened up all the pens and began killing and torturing many of the animals.

All of the department's steers were let out into the field and all the other corrals were opened up, said high school junior Prestlie Pearce.

At least 25 chickens were killed, many with their necks snapped and wings broken, and five pigs were shoved into a sewage pit. The pigs were forced to stand on their hind legs to keep their snouts above the sewage and fought each other all night while trying to get out.

"I don't know how you could shove five pigs into a three-by-three sewer hole that's five feet deep," Pearce said.

Staff member Eliott Hererra helped rescue the pigs and said he was surprised to see they survived the ordeal."They were stacked on top of each other," Hererra said. "The gut feeling of seeing those pigs struggle made me want to throw up." Read More

This was a horrible event that happened last week. While there are some of the fringe in our society that think feeding livestock in a pen or using them for a food source is abuse, I think most everyone could agree that the people who did this are the ones that we should truly be concerned with.

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