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SPCA of Texas Assists in Seizing 384 Fighting Roosters and Hens

(DALLAS, TX) March 30, 2015 – In two separate cockfighting cases, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and also the Lancaster Police Department and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, seized and took custody of 384 fighting roosters and hens on Sunday, March 29. The SPCA of Texas transported both groups of birds to a secure location this morning. The SPCA of Texas will care for the fowl, including 284 from Ellis County and 100 from Dallas County until the custody hearings take place.

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On Sunday, March 29, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office raided a cockfight and seized 284 roosters and hens. Approximately 30 people were detained at the scene.

On the same day, the Lancaster Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office raided a separate cockfight in Dallas County and seized 100 roosters and hens. 37 people were detained at the scene.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals this morning, transporting them to a secure, undisclosed location, where they are being cared for until the custody hearings.

The custody hearing for the animals seized in Ellis County is pending and will be announced at a later date. The custody hearing for the animals seized in Dallas County is scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Dallas County Government Center, Precinct 1, Place 2, located at 107 Texas St., Lancaster, TX 75146, Judge 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 C Misdemeanor to be a spectator at a cock fight. 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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