1,601 animals seized from property
CEDAR HILL - Under the authority of the Cedar Hill Police Department, the Society of Prevention and Cruelty to Animals seized more than 1,600 animals from the 500 block of Knight Street Monday, March 14.
The animals: 1,000 eggs, 587 fighting roosters, hens and chicks, 10 dogs and puppies, two rabbits and two geese were being housed in makeshift cages and hutches lined up and packing the back of the property.
According to the SPCA, bodies of two roosters who appeared to have died from fighting were also found.
Further, the birds’ water was contaminated with feces and there was no food in the enclosures.
The CHPD received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen on Sunday, March 13 that a cockfight was in progress. After securing the scene, the CHPD called the SPCA of Texas for assistance with the birds.
The animals were transported to a secure location, where they will be cared for under armed guard until the custody hearing, which will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at the Municipal Court in the Cedar Hill Government Center located at 285 Uptown Boulevard.
The birds that survived the fight will be treated by SPCA of Texas medical staff.
“This is the largest-scale rooster seizure that we’ve been involved in,” said Ann Barnes, Sr. Vice President of Operations for the SPCA of Texas.
“Cockfighting is a brutal, horrific, illegal activity that, sadly, occurs all over the state of Texas. We’re thankful to the Cedar Hill Police Department for sending a strong message that this criminal activity will not be tolerated in their city.”
Cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states, including Texas, where it is a felony, punishable by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine. It is a felony in 35 states and the District of Columbia and a misdemeanor in 15 states. Since 2002, a federal law has prohibited any interstate or foreign transport of fighting animals.