Hearing set in case of starved chickens west of Turlock

local@modbee.comSeptember 5, 2013 

— A judge on Thursday scheduled a preliminary hearing to start Dec. 3 for two people associated with a Stanislaus County egg farm where authorities said they found an estimated 50,000 hens without feed a year ago. More than 40,000 hens died.

Andy Yi Keunh Cheung and Lien Tuong Diepg have been charged with one felony count of animal cruelty each.

Cheung is the owner of A&L Poultry on South Carpenter Road about a half-mile south of Fulkerth Road, west of Turlock.

It's unclear what Diep's role was with the egg farm. Public records indicate she operates Lucky Transportation Inc., a Ceres-based hauling company for wholesale poultry products.

The defendants' preliminary hearing is expected to last one day. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to move to trial.

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