Seized quail have bird flu


first_img The animals have been taken to two refuges in Acton pending a lawsuit filed by the humane bureau against L.A. Quail Farm. Mike Schwartz, who volunteered to house a thousand of the birds on his Acton property, said he visited the L.A. Quail Farm prior to the raid. “It was like going into a Holocaust,” said Schwartz, 56, of Newhall. “You saw emaciated birds, birds pecking each other. Blood. There were feces everywhere. It was horrendous.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – Several Japanese quail with low-pathogenic bird flu were discovered among thousands of sick birds seized last month from a Sun Valley quail farm, humane officers said Wednesday. The state Department of Food and Agriculture said it had confirmed three birds taken from the L.A. Quail Farm had a common bird flu, unlike the potentially deadly Asian avian influenza. “It doesn’t cause significant health problems to the birds,” DFA spokesman Steve Lyle said. “It’s kind of like having a cold for us. It doesn’t transmit to humans. “We have cases of low-pathogenic bird flu every year in California. This is bird flu season.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The birds were discovered during a raid Nov. 12 by the Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement at the Sun Valley farm after reports of sick animals and deplorable conditions. Armed with a search warrant, the Hawthorne-based bureau confiscated 5,000 to 7,000 Japanese quail in addition to emus, sheep and other animals from the L.A. Quail Farm, 10923 Randall St. Officials with the business, located in a two-story warehouse in an industrial complex, did not return phone calls. Officers from the Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement were in court and could not be reached. The humane bureau, which had investigated the facility since February, described birds with numerous illnesses crammed into cobweb-covered cages filled with cockroaches and feces. last_img

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