Juvenile Arrested for Killing Chickens in Isla Vista

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
June 26, 2024

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 14-year-old male for the June 16, 2024, animal abuse case where chickens were beaten to death.

At approximately 2:37 p.m. today, a community member spotted the suspect on El Greco near Embarcadero Del Mar and called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the area, contacted the suspect and took him into custody.

Once detained, deputies developed supporting evidence that the juvenile was in fact the suspect in this case.

The suspect was later released to his guardian and this case will be referred to the juvenile courts.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the observant community member who recognized the suspect and quickly called the Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies Request Public’s Assistance with Animal Abuse Investigation

By the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
June 17, 2024

Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a burglary and animal abuse case where four chickens were killed.

On Sunday, June 16, 2024, at approximately 7:11 p.m., deputies responded to a church in the 6500-block of Picasso Road for a report of chickens who were found dead on the property.

Through their investigation, deputies learned that a single suspect trespassed into a locked chicken coop that belongs to the Isla Vista Community Services District on the church property.

The suspect used a bat, or similar object to bludgeon the chickens, killing four of them. There is no indication that this crime was intended target the church specifically.

Sheriff’s deputies are following up on this case, gathering evidence, and contacting witnesses. The suspect has not yet been arrested.

Deputies would like to encourage anyone with information to call the Isla Vista Foot Patrol station at (805) 681-4179.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Anonymous Tip Line at (805)681-4171 or you can submit an anonymous tip on our website: www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/ .

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