The sanctuary believes David probably escaped from a live meat market - "slaughterhouses," Brown called them - in New York City. There, live animals, including turkeys, goats, and sometimes even calves, are stuffed into tiny cages for customers to review. When one is chosen, the live animal is led to the blood-stained back of the shop where he's butchered according to the customer's specifications.
"They all live in deplorable conditions," Brown said. "They're just barely keeping them alive before a customer chooses them for slaughter."