Fighting cock breeders busted
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