Teenage Boys Arrested for Killing Chickens at Elementary School

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Originally Posted: 3 Dec 2010

Teenage Boys Arrested for Killing Chickens at  Elementary School

FROM  United Poultry Concerns (UPC)


Urge the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute these three teenagers (names withheld by police so far due to juvenile status) for cruelty to animals for strangling Linny and Maxine. Urge that they be charged, prosecuted and punished for their vicious and illegal conduct.

According to CA Penal Code 597, a person is guilty of cruelty to animals if s/he “maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal.”

District Attorney Robert Kochly
Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
Attention: Juvenile Division
900 Ward Street
Martinez, CA 94553
phone (925) 957-2200
fax (925) 957-2240


Three teenage boys – two 15 year olds and one 14-year old – were arrested Wednesday, Dec. 1 for strangling two hens, Linny and Maxine, at El Monte Elementary School in Concord, California, in Contra Costa County on November 24, 2010.

“The two chickens were found dead in their coop, strangled with what police described as a type of cord or rope, the morning of Nov. 24 by a school custodian. The intruders had broken through a lock and plywood securing the coop.”


UPC emailed a letter expressing our sympathy to the school, the students, and the chickens:

Christina Boman, Principal
El Monte Elementary School
1400 Dina Drive
Concord, CA 94518
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Boman,

On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization based in Virginia that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl, I want to extend to you and your students our sincere condolences over the wanton killing of two of your hens, Linny and Maxine, on November 23-24. We learned about this episode in The Mercury News (11/30/2010).

These killings were cruel not only to you and your students and Linny and Maxine, but to the chickens who had to watch and listen to Linny and Maxine as they were being attacked and killed. I hope the perpetrators will be captured and prosecuted for their crime to the fullest extent of the law.

Please let us know if there is anything United Poultry Concerns can do to help.

It would be great if your school could arrange for a responsible person to take care of your birds over holidays and weekends. The newspaper article says you’re planning to fortify your chicken coop and to install a security camera. These are excellent precautions. I hope they will be implemented as quickly as possible.

Here at United Poultry Concerns, we have a sanctuary for chickens, and we love our birds very much. It is terrible to imagine anyone hurting them.

Please let your student know how much we sympathize with them and their chickens. I am very sorry about Linny and Maxine and the suffering and terror they endured at the hands of their abusers.


Karen Davis, President
United Poultry Concerns

Thank you for everything you do for animals!