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SPCA of Texas, Dallas Police Department, Dallas County District Attorney's Office Seize 120 Fighting Roosters, Hens, Juvenile Birds, Eggs, Dogs, Puppies from Dallas Cockfight

(DALLAS, TX); July 10, 2016 – On Sunday, July 10, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit seized and took custody of 120 fighting roosters, hens, juvenile birds, eggs, dogs and puppies from a Dallas, TX cockfight. 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.

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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 can take place. The custody hearing date and time for the animals will be determined on Monday.

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 are injured.

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.

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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