AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly 30 roosters that were rescued from a cockfighting bust in November are in need of “urgent placement” at animal sanctuaries or homes, Austin Pets Alive! tweeted Monday. Those without homes are at risk of euthanasia as early as this Wednesday, officials added.
Earlier this month, there were 32 of them available for adoption at the Austin Animal Center, AAC and APA! officials had said.
The Austin Police Department’s animal cruelty unit seized nine hens and 34 roosters during a “cockfighting bust” Nov. 10. Following a court case, the animals were removed from their owners, with nine hens and two roosters adopted, per a news release.
The roosters are eligible for adoption by animal sanctuaries or at approved homes. Those interested in adopting the roosters would undergo a sanctuary screening before the animals are released in their custody, the release added.
As of Dec. 7, APA! said at least one sanctuary has shown interest.
“We have one sanctuary who has signed up to adopt a rooster: Foreverland Farm Sanctuary in Ohio,” APA!’s Kelly Holt said in a statement. “They are a small farmed animal sanctuary in Ohio who have rescued and rehabbed fighters before.”