Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
Neighbors called police about noise and lots of people on a property in the 4700 block of N. Counts Blvd late Saturday night. They arrived to find roosters fighting.
Neighbors called police about noise and lots of people on a property in the 4700 block of North Counts Boulevard late Saturday night. They arrived to find roosters fighting and people running away.
About 20 people got away. Police caught 23 people who came to watch the cockfights, gave them citations and let them go.
"They (officers) went through the property and found a large number of birds, some dead and some still alive," said Dallas Police Major Edwin Ruiz-Diaz.
Police found 15 dead roosters and nearly 200 alive birds. However, some of them were seriously injured. Animal Control and veterinarians helped care for the animals while police investigated.
Inside the property they found a fight ring, betting cards and structures containing not only roosters but horses.
"It looks like this facility has been used strictly for cockfighting," said Major Ruiz-Diaz. "There is no residence here."
Martha Micias lives about 100 yards from the property across a narrow creek. She said her neighborhood is quiet and just about everyone knows everyone. She knew there were roosters on the property but had no idea how many or what was happening there.
"We feel upset," said Micias. "This is not safe for the families. This is a family neighborhood. We don't know where they come from but we feel upset."
About 50 cars remained behind the fence on the property and with police there, people who ran from the cock fight aren't coming up to try to get their cars.
Police told NBC DFW they know who owns the property but have not made contact with the person yet.