Agriculture agents have raided a suspected illegal slaughterhouse just outside the city.
Authorities aren't naming the target of their investigation, but confirmed Wednesday's raid is part of an ongoing probe into the barnyard in Jefferson Hills, a few miles south of the city.
Authorities say they expected to find about a dozen chickens, but instead seized 52 of the birds along with seven pigeons, two ducks and a peacock.
Animal Friends, a nearby nonprofit animal shelter, helped seize and house the animals. They plan to move the animals to farm sanctuaries.
Officials say two chickens had to be euthanized because they were in poor health, while another was found dead at the scene.
Many of the other birds had bald patches, lice and other signs of neglect.
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Heat and humidity/ Code Orage Ozone Alert. Dangerous rip current risk remains down the shore.
Wednesday is a typical hot and humid summer day with high tempertures in the low 90s. A cold front will pass by Wednesday night bringing a few showers and the return to cooler temps and less humid air by Thursday.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.