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In February of 2012, the owners of A&L Poultry – a 50,000 hen egg farm – stopped feeding the hens in their care, leaving the birds without food for more than two weeks.

When officials discovered the farm, 17,000 hens had starved to death. State officials began gassing the remaining live birds.

Animal Place was the first rescue agency to learn of this tragedy. It took hours of negotiations but finally Animal Place and two other sanctuaries were given legal custody of hens state veterinarians deemed healthy enough to survive long-term.

Over two days, they spearheaded their largest rescue operation saving the lives of 4,460 hens. Of those hens, Animal Place took in 4,100.

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