The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said the suspects pulled
back part of the fence to enter the Foster Farms facility.
"Once inside, the suspects used a golf club, and possibly
another similar type instrument, to slaughter the birds," it
said in a statement, adding that 920 chickens were killed.
Livingston, California-based Foster Farms said it was "an
unconscionable act of animal cruelty" that appears to be a
random act of violence.
"Foster Farms is working with local law enforcement ... and is
offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest
and prosecution of the persons responsible," it said in a
The incident happened on Sept. 20 but only came to light on
Tuesday after the sheriff's office called for the public's help
in identifying those behind the crime.
(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver)
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