Ducks locked in hot van are rescued

COURTESY OF PSPCA Now safe and sound at the PSPCA, officials believe these feathered friends survived more than a day without food or water inside a van in North Philadelphia.
COURTESY OF PSPCA Now safe and sound at the PSPCA, officials believe these feathered friends survived more than a day without food or water inside a van in North Philadelphia.
Posted: June 27, 2014

ANIMAL-WELFARE agents and police rescued 25 live ducks left in a hot van Tuesday evening after a passer-by heard panting inside the vehicle and alerted authorities.

Officials believe the ducks had been inside crates in the van, which was parked on Hamilton Street near 10th, in North Philadelphia, for more than a day with no food or water, Pennsylvania SPCA spokeswoman Sarah Eremus said.

As one of their more famous, fictional brethren, Daffy Duck, might say: "That's despicable!"

The driver of the van, Wan Wah Chuen, 46, was charged with animal cruelty. He is employed by the Q & Q Live Poultry Market on Spring Garden Street near 12th, Eremus said.

Chuen signed the ducks over to the PSPCA, where they're now recovering at the agency's shelter on Erie Avenue near Whitaker in North Philadelphia.


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