SPANISH FORK -- Animal rights activists claim they have "liberated" dozens of
hens from a Utah County egg farm, but authorities say they are not so sure.
Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Brower said police were called Monday morning on
a report of stolen hens. He said Bud Shepherd and Sons Poultry near Spanish Fork
received an e-mail from the Animal Liberation Front, claiming to have stolen the
animals overnight on April 1 and April 2.
Officers responded to the farm, but workers could not find anything out of
place. He said nothing appeared to be tampered with, and all the cages were
still closed from before the weekend.
"They cannot verify that any chickens were released," he said.
Though authorities could not determine whether any chickens were taken, Brower
said the sheriff's office will be stepping up patrols near the farm. Federal
officials have also been advised of the situation because any violation could go
into federal territory.