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Sanctuary Instrumental in Animal Cruelty Suit

Two Central Valley men facing animal cruelty charges will never be allowed to be in the farm industry again, thanks in part to efforts by a Grass Valley animal sanctuary. ‘Animal Place’ Executive Director Kim Sturla says the two had a small egg farm in Turlock, and in February of 2012, abandoned it, along with 50-thousand birds…

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Most of the chickens starved to death, and authorities were killing the others. Sturla says after lengthy lobbying, they finally convinced officials to let Animal Place take the surviving birds…

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Other birds went to a sanctuary in Vacaville. The non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund, on behalf of Animal Place and two other groups filed a civil suit, and on Thursday, a settlement was reached, prohibiting the two from ever working directly with animals in the future. Sturla says it’s the best she could hope for…

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The two defendants (Andy Cheung and Lien Diep) still face criminal animal cruelty charges, and could get up to thee years in prison and fines up to 20-thousand dollars. Animal Place was able to find homes for the chickens they saved.

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