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360 malnourished birds rescued from rural Nevada County store, 58 found dead

Simply Country acknowledged reports of the animal case on its Facebook page. A screen image of the Facebook page is seen here.
Simply Country acknowledged reports of the animal case on its Facebook page. A screen image of the Facebook page is seen here. screen image

Nevada County Animal Control recovered hundreds of abused birds from a farm supply store outside Grass Valley last Thursday, the sheriff’s office announced Monday.

Approximately 360 birds rescued from Simply Country feed store in Rough and Ready are being treated for starvation and checked for disease, said Lt. Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Inspectors also found 58 dead birds, four of whose remains were sent to UC Davis for necropsies.

A piglet purchased from Simply Country, formerly known as The Farm Store, was brought to an area veterinarian with dual ear infections that led to one having to be amputated.

The veterinarian recommended the sheriff’s office make an animal welfare check on the business, which in turn found geese, parakeets, chickens and roosters so emaciated their bones were visible, Brown said.

“It’s fairly shocking to go out there and have to deal with something like this,” Brown said. “They’re probably going to get out of the animal-selling realm, but we’ll see how it all shakes out.”

Simply Country cooperated with the inspection, Brown said, and remains open, selling feed and live pigs. All birds were removed from the barn-like storage area behind the main store and remain quarantined at Animal Place, a nonprofit in Grass Valley. Those without illnesses will eventually be available for adoption.

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has yet to announce any charges against anyone associated with Simply Country.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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