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Possible poisoning of 100's of Roswell chickens



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Roswell resident Andrew Wordes says someone poisoned his chickens, causing many of them to die. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)

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Andrew Wordes holds up “Hourou,” one of his remaining chickens, after more than 70 have died from suspected poisoning. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)

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Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)
July 06, 2011
ROSWELL, Ga. - The chickens at the center of a contentious battle between the city of Roswell and Andrew Wordes were poisoned June 30.

Wordes said sometime Thursday evening someone let all his baby birds - nearly 200 - out of their cages while he was out. When he returned home, he had to round all the chicks up.

Then they began to die.

"Birds I've had for seven years have fallen over dead," Wordes said.

And not just one or two. So far nearly 60 birds have died, mostly young chickens or turkeys, with a possibility of a further 100 contaminated. Wordes has no idea what might have caused it.

"I'm concerned about all my other animals," Wordes said. "I've got dogs, pigs, chickens, roosters. I'm in a quandary about letting any others out of their cages."

Poisoning an animal is a felony.

Police are investigating.

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    Outrageous!
    July 06, 2011 | 11:52 PM

    Thank you for bringing this story to our attention. Whoever would do this is a sick person--I hope the Roswell police actually do their jobs and catch the person/people.

    Carol
    Cumming
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    Hang in There
    July 07, 2011 | 01:28 AM

    We hope you make a quick recovery and get your birds and other animals taken care of. Hope nothing like this happens again to anyone.

    DIY Seattle
    Seattle
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    Terrible Loss of Life!
    July 07, 2011 | 12:44 PM

    It's hard to believe a person could be vindictive enough to take their issues out on animals, regardless of how they feel about Mr. Wordes. Roswell needs to expose the person/people who did this, and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

    Heather
    Buford
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    Animals were not poisoned.
    August 21, 2011 | 08:11 PM

    http://roswell.patch.com/articles/no-apparent-foul-in-death-of-roswell-chickens

    Bob
    Roswell
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