Sheriff Alford reports that on the night of March 22, deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 9332 Sally’s Way in Alvarado response to a cockfight. When deputies arrived, many of the individuals were able to flee from deputies, however 17 were detained.

The 17 individuals that were detained were transported to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Jail facility where 16 of those were arrested for, attending as a spectator an exhibition of a cockfight, which is class C misdemeanor. The 17 subjects were arrested for cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is a state jail felony.

Three other individuals will be charged as the investigation continues with “cruelty to non-livestock animals.” Two of those will be charged with “cockfighting” (uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for cockfighting / a state jail felony).

During the course of the nighttime investigation, 97 roosters, hens, young chickens and chicks were collected by the deputies and workers from the Humane Society of North Texas. Of the original 97, six have already died because of their wounds in addition another 3 to 5 possibly could succumb to their wounds or need to be euthanized.

In addition to finding the bird’s, deputies found a large amount of cockfighting paraphernalia that was recovered as well as a small amount of drugs, alcohol, gambling paraphernalia charts and a pistol.

If it is deemed necessary to seize the remaining birds because of the cruelty charges a seizure hearing will be held in Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 within 10 days of the seizure warrant being signed by the magistrate.