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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Four Teens Arrested in Massacre of 920 Chickens (Update)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 7:37 AM

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Update: Foster Farms releases a statement about the arrests. Read below:

Thanks to tips on social media, authorities were able to track down and arrest four teens in connection to the grisly murder of more than 900 chickens in the Central Valley. 

CBS News reports that police arrested 18-year-old Gabriel Quintero of Riverdale, and three juveniles whose ages range from 15 to 17, yesterday after news broke of the shocking bloodbath that occurred at a Foster Farms last month. 

Police are not releasing the names of the juveniles because they're not adults. 

The teens are accused of breaking into a Caruthers Foster Farms on Sept. 20, and clubbing 920 chickens to death. Police say a golf club and a similar weapon was used. 

The story went viral yesterday after Foster Farms offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the "unconscionable act of animal cruelty."

All four suspects have been booked on charges of burglary and felony cruelty to animals.


Foster Farms commends the Fresno County Sheriff’s Ag Task Force and the public for their swift action leading to the arrest of persons in connection with the unconscionable act of violence and animal cruelty committed during an intrusion at a Foster Farms chicken ranch in Caruthers, California on September 20.

As an American Humane Association-certified chicken producer, Foster Farms has a zero tolerance policy for animal cruelty. Our chicken ranches adhere to humane standards 24/7, 365 days a year and it is the express policy of Foster Farms to treat its birds humanely and with compassion. Any intentional act to the contrary is absolutely unacceptable.

“Foster Farms actively worked with law enforcement to facilitate the arrest of the individuals charged with this unconscionable act of animal cruelty,” said Ira Brill, director of communications for Foster Farms. Foster Farms will be working with local law enforcement to distribute its $5,000 reward. More information about Foster Farms’ commitment to animal welfare can be found at

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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