Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning 920 chickens to death with a golf club at a Foster Farms facility in Fresno County, authorities said Thursday.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Gabriel Quintero was arrested on Wednesday near Lemoore, along with three underage suspects.
Authorities say the four suspects broke into a Foster Farms facility near Caruthers last week by pulling back a portion of a wall and entering one of the chicken sheds. They allegedly used a golf club and another similar type instrument to kill 920 birds.
Detectives say media coverage of the incident generated tips that helped lead to the arrests.
Quintero was booked into the Fresno County Jail and faces charges of burglary and animal cruelty. The three underage suspects were taken to the Fresno Juvenile Justice Center on similar charges.