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Gamecocks On Final Lockdown


This weekend at the club, pour a little out for those 12 roosters seized at a suspected cockfighting operation in Kuna last weekend. These birds are too big and loud to be kept in the city. They're too mean to share space with other chickens. Some of them are missing their combs and wattles, which their previous owners/agents/promoters removed so that the roosters would bleed less during fights. And Idaho Humane Society director Dr. Jeff Rosenthal says he isn't planning on seeing the chickens' former backers pick up their star athletes anytime soon.

"Usually, the recommendation is to euthanize them," Rosenthal told BW. "The chickens don't get much of a break."

Friday night, a Nampa Police officer called Ada County Sheriff's Office for assistance after following a suspected drunk driver to a driveway on West Hubbard Road north of Kuna. Upon arriving, the officers saw about 20 men light out from a barn behind the home into a nearby field. The men were stopped and questioned by investigators, though no one was arrested, and no names have been released.

Inside the barn, deputies found all the makings of an exciting evening of blood-sport: betting chips, syringes, cockfighting spurs, animal medication, wire cages where fights are held and, of course, the birds--which were also locked in bloody cages. Deputies rounded all of it up as evidence and turned the birds over to the Humane Society. Rosenthal said he would like to find non-blood-sporting homes for the cocks, but he admitted the Humane Society's rules don't even make mention of how to charge for a chicken's adoption.

"By the pound, maybe?" he suggested.