BALCH SPRINGS, Texas — A judge has granted custody of 176 animals seized from a North Texas residence last week to the SPCA of Texas.
On Friday, August 2, 2019, the Balch Springs Police Department, Code Enforcement, and Animal Control served a search and seizure warrant at the property after initially being called days earlier on a odor complaint. During the initial visit to the property, investigators saw cockfighting paraphernalia, including short knives known as "slashers," wax string, leather straps, transport boxes and sparring muffs, in plain sight.
Among the animals seized were 111 hens, 31 roosters, 10 chicks, nine puppies, seven pheasants, six dogs, one peacock and one kitten.
"The birds were found in various pens and coops, placed in narrow, winding rows behind the residence," according to the SPCA of Texas. "Two of the dogs and the puppies were found in a feces-filled garage and the remaining dogs were found in pens, separated into male and female pairs. The kitten was found roaming freely on the property."
"None of the animals had access to adequate water, and only some animals had food or shelter," stated the SPCA. "The animals appeared to be suffering from several medical issues, including overheating, dehydration, open wounds and missing feathers."
Criminal charges are expected to be filed in the case.