The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 21, 2012

Roosters saved from cockfighting now up for adoption


CNHI News Service

MOULTRIE, Ga. — They’re not cute and cuddly like usual pound pets, and their frequent crowing is not exactly anyone’s idea of a lullaby. But officials are hoping that the public can find room in their hearts and homes for 45 abused roosters.

The animals were rescued from a cockfighting operation. The public, except those who were arrested at the raid, may adopt a rooster.

Caring for the chickens has been a burden, said Don Flowers, director of the Moltrie-Colquitt County Humane Society. “We’re just not set up to handle chickens.”

The birds are housed in separate cages because they have been trained to attack any rooster with which they come into contact, he said.

Flowers said he’s heard of cases where roosters have been rehabilitated, but it takes time.

“These roosters are real scared," he said. "They were fighting for their life. Since they were little, they were brought up to fight.”

The OK was given to put the roosters up for adoption after a judge signed an order allowing their disposal, an act which was deeed better than euthanizing the animals.

The roosters may be purchased for $35 apiece.

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Details for this story were provided by The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer.