Fight­ing cock breed­ers busted

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By Alex Watkins ELCHE Lo­cal Po­lice on a ru­ral pa­trol came across a poul­try farm ded­i­cated to rearing fight­ing cocks.

From out­side the house in Altabix the of­fi­cers could clearly see nu­mer­ous cages in con­di­tions that they doubted were le­gal. The owner ad­mit­ted he was breed­ing chick­ens and roost­ers, in­clud­ing ones for fight­ing.

The farm did not have any li­cence, vet­eri­nary au­tho­ri­sa­tion or even the bare min­i­mum of hy­giene stan­dards, said a po­lice spokesman.

The fa­cil­i­ties had been put to­gether in a rudi­men­tary man­ner, even us­ing or­di­nary blan­kets to shade the an­i­mals from the sun.

At the time of the in­spec­tion the an­i­mals had no food and only dirty, un­drink­able water.

Given their sit­u­a­tion and the fact the owner could not prove he had ac­quired them legally, of­fi­cers con­fis­cated 25 fight­ing cocks, 14 hens and 34 chicks and took them to the an­i­mal shel­ter in Bac­arot un­til he is able to rec­tify the le­gal sit­u­a­tion.

This is the third il­le­gal breed­ing op­er­a­tion that Elche Lo­cal Po­lice have shut down in the last few months.

The birds were be­ing kept in rudi­men­tary con­di­tions

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