SC deputies seek vandals who killed chickens worth $1.7M
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina law officers are hunting for the chicken killers who have sabotaged farmers several times over the past two weeks, leaving 300,000 birds dead at a cost of as much as $1.7 million.
Multiple media reports say the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office suspects who hit 16 chicken houses in several rural communities.
Sheriff Randy Garrett said all of the farmers targeted were raising birds for Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.
Garett says the criminal is familiar with the type of alarm systems used in the chicken houses. The alarms also control the heat, air conditioning and ventilation units inside the houses and notify farmers by cellphone when their building gets too hot or cold. Chickens can die in about an hour if the ventilation and heating systems are turned off.