OUR heartfelt gratitude to Plymouth Animal Shelter for their incredible tenacity and compassion in this case of dreadful animal neglect and cruelty. They discovered over 200 Bantam chickens being kept in cramped, filthy cages. They also had no protection from the elements. They were without water and offered limited feedings.
Many of them were already dead and those still alive were in dire need of help. The shelter contacted numerous rescue groups without success. The chickens were in danger of being euthanized. When they reached out to Debra White, President of Winslow Farm, she said, “Bring them to me.”
Debra worked quickly to create two pens. When the chickens arrived at Winslow, they were exhausted, bewildered and dehydrated. Many needed to have their bodies and feet cleaned from the layers of excrement adhering to them. Two hens were actually stuck together because their feet were incased in dried excrement. Many chickens were missing toes. They malnourished and in shock.
Debra moved the chickens in a heated area in one of the farm’s buildings to keep them warm. They have been receiving syringe feedings of electrolytes and vitamins. They are also enjoying mealworms and lettuce. The chickens are quietly resting now. The care of these poor animals will take much work by Debra and her team of volunteers, require further cleaning, constant monitoring and hand feeding. They will need to remain in the heated building until they are strong enough to roam outside.
Until then, Winslow is in need of monetary donations for necessary veterinary care, heating costs and fresh produce. We are also in need of a 2 gallon wet vac, canned corn, puppy pads, paper towels, spring greens, red or green lettuce. We need your help!
It has been heartbreaking and outrageous to see what these chickens have suffered. However, now the chickens will live as all animals are supposed to live...in peace, comfort, freedom and complete love.
Thank you for your support!