July 24, 2016

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Roosters prepped for fighting, SPCA says

SHARON TWP. — The Medina County SPCA and county Sheriff’s Office are investigating a report of a man dumping nine dead roosters in a trash bin in .

“These were all game cocks, which are used for fighting, but there wasn’t much evidence they were fighting,” said Stephanie Moore, executive director of the county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “There was no blood on them, or other tell-tale signs, but what we saw were very amateurish signs.”

Moore said roosters used for cockfighting have their rear claws filed down to fit steel spurs on their feet. The spurs have sharp metal claws that are designed to cause more damage to the rooster’s opponent.

She said the dead roosters had sharpened rear claws.

“Maybe they were amateurs or kids who couldn’t get a hold of real spurs,” Moore said.

She said her office received a call from the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon about the roosters, all with broken necks, in a trash bin on State Road near Ridgewood Drive.

“Why would someone dump nine dead roosters in someone else’s garbage if they had nothing to hide, or why break their necks?” she said.

Moore said the person who reported the incident saw a man dump a bag, waited for him to leave and then went to see what was in the bag.

The man who dumped the roosters was described as in his early 40s, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, 185 to 200 pounds, with reddish blond hair, Moore said.

She said he was driving a late-1990s-model Dodge Caravan, silver or gray, in good condition.

Moore said the man could face charges.

“Cockfighting is a felony in Ohio,” she said. “It’s the only felony animal law we have — cockfighting and dog-fighting.

“Even if we can’t get them on that, it’s still animal cruelty the way they were killed.”

Moore said she’s hoping for a tip that will lead authorities to the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SCPA and ask for Officer Johnson at (330) 723-7722.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.