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SPCA of Texas Seizes 176 Animals from Balch Springs Residence


(BALCH SPRINGS, TX; DALLAS, TX); August 2, 2019 – Today, the SPCA of Texas, the Balch Springs Police Department, Balch Springs Animal Control and City of Balch Springs Code Enforcement seized 176 animals from a residence in Balch Springs, TX. The SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals, including 111 hens, 31 roosters, 10 chicks, nine puppies, seven pheasants, six dogs, one peacock and one kitten. The animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where they will be evaluated by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place.

The birds were found in various pens and coops, placed in narrow, winding rows behind the residence. Two of the dogs and the puppies were found in a feces-filled garage and the remaining dogs were found in pens, separated into male and female pairs. The kitten was found roaming freely on the property. None of the animals had access to adequate water, and only some animals had food or shelter. The animals appear to be suffering from several medical issues, including overheating, dehydration, open wounds and missing feathers.

To view and download photos and video of the birds, taken at the residence and at the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser:

On July 30, 2019, Balch Springs Animal Services responded to an odor complaint at the residence in question. During the visit, cockfighting paraphernalia was plainly visible to Animal Control Officers, who contacted Balch Springs Police Department. Balch Springs Police Department contacted the SPCA of Texas for assistance with the case, and an SPCA of Texas investigator concurred with their findings on August 1.

The SPCA of Texas' investigator observed cockfighting paraphernalia, including short knives known as "slashers," wax string, leather straps, transport boxes and sparring muffs. With this evidence, law enforcement was able to obtain a seizure warrant for the residence on August 2, 2019. The civil custody hearing will take place on Wednesday, August 7 at 9 a.m. at the Dallas County Government Center, Precinct 1, Place 2, located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, the Honorable Valencia Nash presiding. Criminal charges are expected to be filed in this case.

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 To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at


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