Box full of baby chicks left outside of Long Island pet store

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The Nassau County SPCA is searching for who left a box of more than two dozen baby chicks. (NASSAU COUNTY SPCA)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (PIX11) —  The Nassau County SPCA is looking for answers after more than two dozen baby chicks were found outside of a Long Island pet store.

The 28 chicks were discovered Friday afternoon outside Petland Discounts on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead.

“It’s absolutely animal cruelty and abandonment,” said Det. Bob Sowers of the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “People who have animals have an obligation to provide proper sustenance, a healthy, warm and safe environment.”

The baby chicks were taken to Central Veterinary Associates in Valley Stream.

They will stay there and be cared for until the vet’s office can find permanent homes for them.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County SPCA at 516-THE-SPCA.

All calls are kept confidential.


  • JohnDoe

    Wait a second. A box a chicks abandoned at a pet store. It's not unlike a abandoning a newborn child at a church or hospital or orphanage is it? How is this exactly cruel? Sure, it's horribly sad when for example a mom can't/doesn't want to care for a child. So they do , "… absolutely … cruelty and abandonment" by dropping them off at a logically appropriate place to be cared for. In this context, a vets office, humane society, or a pet store–prob to remain as anonymous as possible. I'm not saying, oh great, this is good, etc..but try to give whoever abandoned these chicks a break…they could have chosen a worse location. Alyssa Zauderer lacks any journalism in this piece because she attempts to sensationalize this by omitting key points and/or details and inquiry. The picture makes the viewer think the chicks were just out in the cold uncovered? Did the author of this article bother to mention if they were in fact uncovered or were they covered to keep heat in. Little things like that. Again, the fact of not even linking to logic to why someone would abandon an animal–out of all places a Pet store..OMG! the horror!– the indecently! People need to look outside the box..not just the box being shown to you, ok?

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