Saturday, 13 April 2024

Officer says chicken case didn't include cockfighting

CLEARLAKE – A case last week originally believed to have involved the discovery of a cockfighting ring in Clearlake was not as reported, an Animal Care and Control officer said Monday.

An Animal Care and Control dispatcher had told Lake County News last week that the discovery of dead and neglected chickens at a 30th Avenue residence had involved the discovery of numerous roosters outfitted with fighting spurs, or gaffs.

However, Animal Care and Control Officer Terrie Flynn said Monday that no fighting implements were found.

While the investigation is ongoing, Flynn said she does not believe it involved cockfighting.

She said during a welfare check at the residence she found 25 birds with no food or water, with some dead birds mixed in among them. Many of the birds also were injured, she said.

Flynn said she took the birds into protective custody.

“I have located the owner and I'm dealing with that person now,” she said.

The original story reporting the incorrect information has been removed from this site.

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