Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Juan Valdez, 29 chickens & other birds living in a squalid home

Chicago, IL

Cook County

February 11, 1999  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
  child endangerment 93 chickens, roosters, hens, pheasants & quail

Not charged


A Chicago man was arrested on charges of endangering the life of his children because he had turned his home into a chicken coop, police said. Police investigating barnyard sounds in a neighborhood west of downtown Chicago said they looked in a window of a house and saw chickens in cages and others running freely about the house.

When they entered the home they found Juan Valdez, 29, and his four children, ages 5, 4, 2 and 9 months, living in “deplorable conditions”, a police spokesman said.

Ninety-three birds, including chickens, roosters, hens, pheasant, and quail, were confiscated by the city’s animal control unit.


The Boston Globe