Fresno Humane Animal Services has started putting up for adoption more than 900 small animals – rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, exotic birds, ducks, pigeons and chickens – that were found in a truck trailer last month.
The interior temperature of the trailer, found June 17 near Belmont and Hughes avenues west of Highway 99 in Fresno, was 107 degrees. About 30 of the 955 animals found in the trailer died from the heat.
Brenda Mitchell, president of Fresno Humane Animal Services, On June 17, said her staff was tipped by a call, “a complaint about something dead.”
I think the way things go that we will end up with a whole lot of bunnies and pigeons.
Brenda Mitchell, Fresno Humane Animal Services president
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Sales of small animals at swap meets and flea markets is not unusual, and officials theorize that the truckload was headed to one of those events. Mitchell said it’s illegal to sell any animal other than livestock at a swap meet or flea market.
Humane officers know the suspect and have forwarded reports to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office to consider animal cruelty charges, Mitchell said.
Mitchell has met with about a dozen people interested in adopting the animals. Fresno Humane Animal Services is Fresno County’s animal welfare agency.
Mitchell said the adoption meetings are by appointment to ensure that those interested in taking on additional animals have proper cages, equipment and knowledge to care for the animals. So far, about 100 animals have been adopted.
Adoption fees will vary, Mitchell said.
“I think the way things go that we will end up with a whole lot of bunnies and pigeons,” she said.