Cock Fighting Ring Busted in Texas, Rooster Snuggles up to Rescuers

Posted by Stacey Venzel
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All photos via SPCA of Texas via The Dodo

Now free from a life of fighting, 53 roosters are noticeably relieved in the hands of their rescuers.

The SPCA of Texas was called to the scene of a cock fighting ring this weekend when police officers discovered the hidden operation during a helicopter flight over Dallas.

As soon as the helicopter soared overhead, people began to flee the scene below. Police could note cages from up in the air and expected to find a dog fighting setup. Instead, they found 53 live roosters.

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SPCA officials found the staging area littered with gaffs--razor blades which are routinely attached to roosters' ankles during a fight while onlookers place bets on who will die first. Bags of rope were uncovered, the twine used to tie roosters up in preparation for their fight so that they can't get away.

Cages and boxes filled the forested area, as did bags of dead roosters, some believed to have still been alive when thrown inside. Still more deceased birds were found in the bushes, totaling 32.

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Syringes and bottles of an unknown liquid were also at the scene, believed to be injected into the roosters to increase aggression.

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Nevertheless, one of the roosters noticeably calmed down when picked up by one official who has experience in rescuing farm birds from similar situations. The bird nuzzled into the rescuer's hands, closing his eyes.

"That rooster seemed to be very content with our animal cruelty investigator holding him," Maura Davies, vice president of the SPCA of Texas, told The Dodo.

"That particular investigator is very experienced with roosters and chickens, and she was petting him, and he was closing his little eyes, and he seemed quite peaceful."

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The 53 living roosters have been taken to an undisclosed location to protect them from being stolen back into the trade, as often occurs with animal cruelty cases like this. The goal is to adopt out all of the birds, though the SPCA knows this will be a difficult task. It is tricky to find homes for ex-fighting birds.

You can help these roosters by making a donation to the local SPCA today. Additionally, if you know of anyone interested in homing any of the roosters, contact the organization.

Do you know of someone who might be able to help these roosters out? Tag them in the comments below.

All photos via SPCA of Texas via The Dodo

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Cock Fighting Ring Busted in Texas, Rooster Snuggles up to Rescuers