HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Hays County Sheriff’s Office saved 118 roosters and hens after a cockfighting bust in Hays County this week.
According to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, it took in the birds but was understandably overwhelmed by the number of them. In a Facebook post, the shelter wrote:
“As you can expect, we weren’t ready for this number of animals at once, and need your help collecting extra kennels to keep them separated, as well as chicken feed and disposable trays or pans to keep them fed.”
“‘Wow, this is a lot more than what we thought we were going to get,” says Steven Heath, San Marcos animal protection supervisor.
Heath says the Hays County Sheriff’s Office gave him a heads up about the influx of feathers.
“They were behind fences so people had to make guess-timates of how many were there, so it went from thinking there were around 50 to end up being 118,” Heath says.
Once they received the birds, Heath says they called a contracted veterinarian to check the birds for diseases.
“Some of the animals had their combs cut off or their spurs cut off,” he says.
The shelter will accept donations to care for the roosters. You can contact San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter here.
Heath says the birds are at the shelter temporarily; once a judge hears the case, they will go to a wildlife rescue, where they will decide if they want to keep them or put some up for adoption.
“This will end up being a very good situation in the end. It started out not so great but this is the best solution for these animals and they will more likely lead a much happier, longer life being in the situation they’re going into,” he says.
HCSO says there is a pending criminal case related to the roosters.