07/21/2011 01:08 pm ET | Updated Sep 20, 2011

12 Chickens Left To Roast In Hot Car In Walmart Parking Lot, One Dead

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Police in Kentucky say 12 chickens were left in a hot car while their owners went shopping at Walmart.

One of the chickens died and the others were taken to a shelter after someone reported they'd been left in the car for about 30 minutes, according to WKYT-TV in Lexington.

Officers in Georgetown, where it happened, say the windows were left open just a crack.

The National Weather Service says the high temperature Wednesday in nearby Lexington was 94 degrees.

Georgetown Police say any charges against the owners will be up to Animal Control.


Earlier this month the AP also reported that the heatwave was already responsible for the deaths of "thousands of poultry," as farmers struggle to cool their flocks. The continuing heatwave has made things even tougher on farmers.

In London, last month, a police officer allegedly attempted suicide after two police dogs died after being left in his squad car for too long.