As of Tuesday morning, all 101 chickens found roaming on the Saanich Peninsula last week have found new homes.
Capital Regional District Bylaw (CRD) Officer Don Brown said the last of the chickens were adopted by 10:30 a.m.
Forty of the hens will be living at Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals (RASTA) in Chemainus while 15 will be at a RASTA volunteer home. On Monday, Salt Spring Island chicken farmer Drew Thorburn came to Vancouver Island to pick up 15. The birds will live on his 40-acre farm.
Other people who were interested did not pick up as many hens. Brown said many people who wanted
On Jan. 10, 2018, 93 laying hens were caught by police officers, firefighters and citizens after they were seen roaming free at five different locations on the Saanich Peninsula. Eight more stragglers were discovered on the weekend, bringing the total to 101.
The CRD is certain the animals were dumped. If the owner is found, the Brown said the CRD would pursue an animal cruelty investigation. The hens are believed to be old but are still laying plenty of eggs.