PETA calling for investigation into Henry County turkey truck crash

HENRY COUNTY (WSLS 10) - PETA is calling for the Henry County Commonwealth Attorney's Office to investigate a turkey truck crash.

On Thursday, PETA sent a letter to the office formally requesting the investigation.

On February 2, a tractor-trailer carrying a load of live turkeys overturned on Highway 220.

PETA argues it took company representatives almost six hours to arrive on scene and when they did, they refused repeated offers of free veterinary care.

PETA also argues the turkeys were recklessly thrown back into their cages.

According to Colin Henstock, a PETA investigation specialist, an investigation of the same company was conducted in 2012 after a crash in almost the exact same spot.

No charges were filed.

"We're asking for a full review of this situation and interviews with all of the eye witnesses. We look to the Commonwealth Attorney to investigate this cruelty and ensure that no more birds suffer," Henstock said.

Henry County Commonwealth Attorney Andrew Nester confirmed Thursday afternoon that his office has received a letter from PETA.

Nester says he will review the letter and will contact state police if he believes an investigation is necessary.