Police Department Nabs PETA Award for Saving Chicken Tied Inside Plastic Bag

Chicago Police Department Steps In to Rescue Bird Ahead of International Respect for Chickens Month

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Chicago – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Chicago Police Department, which sprang into action on April 21—just ahead of International Respect for Chickens Month in May—after receiving a call about a chicken in distress on the side of the road at the intersection of Lincoln and Cleveland avenues. When Officer C. Diaz arrived on the scene, he found the chicken inside a knotted white plastic bag with her feet tied together. He took the little bird to the police station overnight, unsure if she would survive—but she did, and the next morning, animal control officers arrived to bring her to the Chicago Chicken Rescue. When Officer Diaz followed up about her condition, he learned that she’s now thriving and mothering several abandoned chicks and ducklings at the rescue.

“Officer Diaz had the kindness and presence of mind to get this chicken to safety, and now, she’ll live out her days in peace with other chickens and ducks,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this story will encourage everyone to see chickens as sensitive living beings who feel pain, fear, and love just like the companion cats and dogs who share our homes.”

This is the second award for the Chicago Police Department, which was previously recognized by PETA for rescuing a dog from Lake Michigan in June 2017. The department will receive a framed certificate, an award letter, and delicious vegan chick’n from The Chicago Diner.

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