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Two Individuals Convicted of Animal Fighting in Connection with the Case of 120 Fighting Roosters and Other Animals Seized from Dallas Cockfight in July, 2016


(DALLAS, TX); May 23, 2018 – Two individuals who were previously charged and arrested were convicted on Monday, May 21, 2018, of animal fighting in connection with the case of 120 fighting roosters and other animals seized on July 10, 2016. One individual, identified as the property owner, pleaded guilty to "uses or permits another to use any real estate, buiding, room, tent, arena, or other property for cockfighting," a Class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to time served, which amounted to three days in county jail. The second individual pleaded guilty to "causes a cock to fight with another cock," a state jail felony. He was sentenced to four years probation and was required to pay the SPCA of Texas $760 in restitution.

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 C Misdemeanor to be a spectator at a cockfight. Federal law also prohibits any interstate or foreign transport of fighting animals.

Both of these convictions stem from the seizure that took place on Sunday, July 10, 2016, when the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit took custody of 120 fighting roosters, hens, juvenile birds, eggs, dogs and puppies from a Dallas, TX cockfight. A total of 79 birds (roosters, hens, cockerels, pullets and chicks), 34 eggs, 5 dogs and 2 puppies were removed. Additionally, 15 deceased birds were found on the property.

The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint that a cockfight was in progress earlier in the day and the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit arrived to bust the fight. Approximately 20-30 people were detained and charged with Class C misdemeanors for being spectators, an additional 20-30 fled the scene and the property owner was arrested on state jail felony charges. After the arrests were made, the SPCA of Texas loaded the animals for transport and took them to a secure location to provide them with medical treatment and care until the custody hearing took place. At the custody hearing, held on July 19, 2016, the SPCA of Texas received custody of the animals.

The birds were found in transport boxes and built-in cages behind the house on the property. The dogs were found in wire pens behind the residence. Many of the birds were injured.

After the arrests were made, the SPCA of Texas loaded the animals for transport and took them to a secure location to provide them with medical treatment and care until the custody hearing took place.

To view and download photos and video of the birds, taken as at the scene, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8suguc8eyx1t31u/AAAJoaAxcWevy4jvx9EbujgGa?dl=0 

At the custody hearing, held on July 19, 2016, the SPCA of Texas received custody of the 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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