Several hundred pigeons were killed Monday night by vandals who struck the Palmetto Pigeon Plant in Sumter.
More than 700 birds were found beaten and some beheaded. The incident was the second such occurrence in the past two weeks. According to a Sumter Police report, the pigeons are valued at $20 each. The vandalism totaled $14,000.
Plant Manager, Brent Hiott tells what he saw.
Looks like somebody had broken into one of the houses that houses the birds and just got in there with some sticks and whatever they could find…and just beat the birds to death.
Hiott says he doesn’t understand what was done.
I cannot think of any reason why anyone would do this. It’s kind of a devastating thing that when you go to it, and you find something that you work hard on and somebody just comes in maliciously and does something like this.
Owners says that shoe imprints left behind were from smaller-sized feet, ranging in size from 6 to 8. Hiott says if the perpetrators are caught, no matter what their age, they will prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Palmetto Pigeon Plant is one of the world’s largest producers of squab, cornish game hens, silkie chickens and poussin, which are young chickens.