Extra measures taken to protect gamecocks from cockfighting ring
By Mason Watkins
CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. -
They are farm animals and even pets to some. State police say more than 30 gamecocks are dead in a cockfighting ring in Calloway County.
The match took place over the weekend on the 600 block of Protemus Road in Lynn Grove. The building's owner, Jack Morgan of Benton, Kentucky, and 21 other people face second degree animal cruelty charges.
At least, 35 roosters and hens are now in the care of the Calloway County Humane Society. Humane Society’s Director Kathy Hodge didn't let us see the birds or know where they're being taken care of for the safety of the gamecocks and her volunteers.
To someone involved in cockfighting, trained gamecocks could be worth hundreds of dollars, and the humane society has 35 of them. Hodge worries about the gamecocks being stolen or her volunteers getting threatened. She says it has happened in other areas before.
“We don't have any idea if that would happen here or not, but we don't want to take the chance and not look out for those animals and volunteers initially,” Hodge said.
Hodge says, for the most part, the roosters and hens are in good health. She says that's probably because the animals were kept to make money.
“It’s just horrifying to think that anyone, anywhere, would think it was sport, or would be something you'd want to be involved in where animals get killed,” Hodge said.
Hodge says they could use donations of two large trash bins to keep the chicken feed and, eventually, more chicken feed. They also need more plastic crates, which can be borrowed on donated. The roosters and hens can see each other through the metal ones, and they're bred not to be friendly with each other.
The humane society has to keep the chickens until the fate of the animals and the charges against the suspects are resolved in court.
An anonymous tip led to the cockfighting ring discovery. KSP Trooper Michael Robichaud says they do not consistently get calls on cockfighting rings.