Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society admits six chickens in past week

June 17, 2010
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is caring for five stray chickens turned in by city bylaw officers on Tuesday. The chickens were picked up from Gloucester High School after they were involved in an end-of-year prank organized by students.

The arrival of two roosters and three hens mark the second time in a week that poultry have arrived at the OHS. A lone hen was dropped off last week, also the result of a school prank at a downtown school.

The birds are being temporarily housed in outdoor cages, separated by sex. OHS staff are cleaning the cages several times a day, and providing general care and feed that had to be specially purchased.

"It's interesting that we're seeing these chickens in the midst of the current debate to allow urban chicken coops in our city," said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. "The reality is that chickens already exist in our community, and when no one is around to care for them, it falls to us to take on that responsibility."

Three of the five chickens turned over to the OHS on Tuesday.

Every year, the OHS admits a handful of stray chickens that are brought to the shelter by city bylaw officers, or members of the public. With limited resources and no adequate space for housing livestock, the birds are re-homed to local farms.

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Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

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