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53 Fighting Roosters Seized from Dallas Cockfight by SPCA of Texas, Dallas County District Attorney's Office and Dallas Police Department

 

(DALLAS, TX); July 2, 2017 – On Sunday, July 2, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit and the Dallas Police Department seized and took custody of 53 fighting roosters from a southeast Dallas, TX cockfight. Additionally, 32 deceased birds were found on the property.

To view and download photos and video of the birds, taken at the property, please click HERE.

The Dallas Police Department contacted the SPCA of Texas after officers in a Dallas Police Department helicopter, on another assignment, spotted the fight from the air. Dallas Police busted the cockfight in progress and 8 people were detained and charged with class C misdemeanors for being spectators. Many others fled the scene on foot. A search warrant was also served to search all of the vehicles on the property. This investigation turned up substantial evidence, and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas expect to issue arrest warrants for state jail felonies for cockfighting to several of them.

The birds were found in transport boxes, wire cages and tethered to trees, bushes and vehicles on the property. Dead roosters were found all over the property, some in garbage bags and others on the ground and in bushes among beer cans and other trash. Some of the live birds appear to have feather loss and various injuries.

The SPCA of Texas loaded the animals for transport and took them to a secure location to provide the live birds with medical treatment and care until the custody hearing can take place. The custody hearing will take place on Friday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, the Honorable Valencia Nash presiding.

Cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states, including Texas, where it is a felony, punishable by up to two years in a state jail and/or up to a $10,000 fine, to cause birds to fight with one another and/or to use property for the purpose of cockfighting. In Texas, it is a Class A misdemeanor to possess, manufacture or sell cockfighting paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor to own or train a rooster with the intent to fight the bird and a Class C misdemeanor to be a spectator at a cockfight. Federal law also prohibits any interstate or foreign transport of fighting animals.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

 

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