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UPDATE: Roosters seized from cockfighting home

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OAKVALE (WVVA) - One rooster is fighting for its life and Animal Control is in the process of seizing more than 100 other roosters from the cockfighting investigation out of Mercer County.

While the owners of the roosters were only cited with a misdemeanor, they are getting all of their 128 roosters taken away.

Animal Control officer Tracy Monninger tells WVVA that most residences will only have one to two roosters. This many throws up a red flag.

More than half of the birds are being taken from the home in Oakvale on Tuesday evening. The other half will be confiscated on Wednesday.

Investigators responded Saturday night to tips of cockfighting where they found wounded birds that had just been in a fight. Those six birds were confiscated, two are seriously injured.

Mercer County Animal Shelter is seriously worried about one of the heavily wounded birds.

The owner of the property, Stacy Brown, 43, and his brother, Gilbert Brown, 45, have been cited for cockfighting.

Animal Control says young children were present.

Monninger described how gruesome this sport is, “Sometimes they have razors attached, spears, sometimes things that even look like ice picks. And they fight to the death; one or both. And they end up with punctured lungs, broken bones.”

One of the state police troopers who was on scene says this problem is likely much more prevalent than people and even police are aware of.

“This is the first incident we've had to respond to, but I know that this has been going on for years and it's probably more common than what is reported.”

Mercer County Animal Shelter is housing the roosters, but because they are unequipped for all the birds, the pens are being built as they go.

They really need your help, specifically if you can donate chicken feed, coops, wire, hay or even just your time.

You can drop off in person at 961 Shelter Rd, Princeton, WV 24740, or give them a call at (304) 425-2838.

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