SPCA – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Texas SPCA and Dallas Police Department said they seized more than 130 birds from a southeast Dallas property used for a cockfight.

Dallas police received an anonymous tip that a cockfight was in progress. After arriving at the property, patrol officers called DPD’s Animal Cruelty Unit to investigate further, according to the Texas SPCA.

Videos and photos released by the Texas SPCA showed roosters in cages and tied by one leg throughout the property. Crates for transporting birds were found as well as a shed type area containing a plywood ring most likely used for cockfighting. Cockfighting accessories were also found.

The Texas SPCA took care of 123 roosters and eight hens, unfortunately two roosters were dead.

The animals were taken to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas, where they will be assessed by medical personnel and cared for until a civil custody hearing takes place.

Cockfighting is a felony in all 50 states, including Texas, where it is a felony to cause birds to fight each other and/or use property for the purpose of cockfighting, punishable up to two years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

In Texas, it is also a Class A misdemeanor to possess, manufacture, or sell cockfighting paraphernalia. It is a Class A misdemeanor to possess or train a rooster with the intent to fight the bird and a Class C misdemeanor to be a spectator at a cockfight.

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