Authorities in Fresno County, California, are searching for suspects who allegedly broke into a Foster Farms poultry house and killed 920 birds with a golf club.

According to a press release issued by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on September 30, deputies responded to a report of a burglary on September 20, shortly before 8:30 a.m. The investigation revealed that the suspects pulled back a portion of the fence and entered the building. Once inside, the suspects used a golf club, and possibly another similar type instrument to slaughter the chickens.  A piece of what appeared to be a golf club was found at the scene.

The property where the crime occurred is located in Caruthers, which is southwest of Fresno.

“Whoever did something like this is pretty sick,” Deputy Chris Curtice told the Los Angeles Times. “It would take a long time to do it. … People should be alarmed at something like that.”


Foster Farms has estimated the loss at about $5,000.

The company is offering a reward for information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for the crime.

Foster Farms issued the following statement: “It is the express policy of Foster Farms to treat its birds humanely and with compassion.”