Po­lice brood over sus­pected fowl play at chook pen

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

There has been a case of fowl play out at Harding Dam, where a brood of chick­ens in­volved in a Govern­ment dis­ease preven­tion pro­gram have been plucked from their roost.

Ten chick­ens owned by the Depart­ment of Health and kept by the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion as part of the sentinel chicken pro­gram for test­ing and pre­vent­ing mos­quito-borne viruses, were re­cently stolen over the space of a week.

Roe­bourne po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and act­ing Sergeant Brendan Byrne said the chick­ens were taken in two sep­a­rate stages, with four first no­ticed miss­ing around Jan­uary 27 and six more gone days later.

Sgt Byrne said all signs were that the chick­ens had flown the coop un­will­ingly.

“Noth­ing like this has hap­pened in the past,” he said.

“It doesn’t seem like an an­i­mal’s got­ten in and taken them, it seems like some­one’s come in and re­moved them.

“There were foot­prints left at the scene.”

A Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion spokes­woman said test­ing would be able to con­tinue de­spite the thefts, be­cause 14 hens re­mained.

Sgt Byrne said po­lice were scratch­ing about for in­for­ma­tion and were call­ing on the pub­lic to help.

“There is no CCTV up there, so we’re pretty much re­ly­ing on peo­ple who might have seen some­thing,” he said.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion, call Roe­bourne po­lice on 9182 1133.

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