Baby chickens rescued from Olney

Pennsylvania SPCA rescues 800 chicks abandoned in vacant lot in North Philadelphia

PSPCA rescues baby chickens in Olney


Philadelphia, PA (September 15, 2018) – The Pennsylvania SPCA rescued approximately 800 baby chicks who were initially reported as abandoned in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Saturday morning.


The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department, after receiving several calls from concerned citizens, responded to the 5500 block of Whitaker Avenue on Saturday morning to find a hundreds of baby chickens. The owner responded to location a couple of hours after officers arrived. The owner had planned to take over the lot which is owned by the adjoining business and start raising the chicks for food resale. However, he had not contacted the property owner and failed to provide chicks with proper housing or feeding/ watering stations. 


PSPCA officers rescued the approximately 800 chicks and transported them to the organization’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they will be cared for medically and ultimately placed in adoptive homes or with approved rescues.


“After receiving calls from concerned citizens, our Humane Law Enforcement team responded quickly to the scene,” said Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA’s Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “There we found hundreds of baby chicks had been left in an unsuitable empty lot across from a shopping center. The owner admitted to having chicks there for days and having numerous chicks lost through transportation and inadequate housing. The owner estimated that he had lost over a thousand chicks prior to the discovery of the birds."


Anyone with information about this case, or other cases involving animal cruelty, is urged to call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.


About the Pennsylvania SPCA

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA's lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit