Dallas police and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit found 32 dead roosters during a cockfighting bust in Dallas.
Officers in a Dallas police helicopter spotted the fight in southeast Dallas from the air and contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas.
They busted the fight while it was in progress, seizing and taking into custody 53 roosters. The dead roosters were found in trash bags and lying on the ground and in bushes. Some of the live birds had injuries and feather loss.
Eight people were charged with class C misdemeanors for being spectators while many others fled the scene.
A warrant was also served to search all vehicles on the property.
Roosters were found in transport boxes, wire cages, and tethered to trees, bushes and vehicles. The live birds were taken to a secure location where they will receive medical treatment. A custody hearing will take place on Friday.
Cockfighting is a felony in Texas and it is punishable by up to two years and up to a $10,000 fine.