Nearly 200 Animals Seized From Balch Springs Property Where Cockfighting Was Suspected

Authorities seized close to 200 animals Friday from a residence in Balch Springs, where authorities found evidence of cockfighting and other types of animal cruelty. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas, along with Balch Springs police, animal control and city code enforcement took custody of 176 animals, including 111 hens, 31 roosters, 10 chicks, nine puppies, seven pheasants, six dogs, a peacock and a kitten. The seizure occurred after Balch Springs animal services responded July 30 to an odor complaint and found "plainly visible" evidence of cockfighting, including short knives, wax string, leather straps, transport boxes and sparring muffs, the SPCA said in a Facebook post.The other animals were found with inadequate food, water and shelter.Many of the animals appeared to be suffering from "overheating, dehydration, open wounds and missing feathers," according to the post.The SPCA did not give an address for the property.A custody hearing took place Wednesday morning and the owner of the animals relinquished custody, according to the SPCA. The animals, which were being held at a rescue center, will be checked for health issues and evaluated for placement on a case-by-case basis. Cockfighting is illegal in Texas, and it is a felony to cause birds to fight each other and use a property to host cockfights. The SPCA said criminal charges are expected.  Continue reading...

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