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Cock fighting roosters up for adoption

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -

You've heard about adopting a dog, or a cat but how about a Rooster?

Well if you are in the market for one you'll find more than 40 beautiful roosters at the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society.

But these aren't just any roosters they are the Roosters raided in an elaborate cock fighting operation in Colquitt County in July.

Now, the manager is hoping the birds get a second chance at life.

The manager at the Colquitt County Humane Society says taking care of the Roosters is a very big job and costing them $4,000 extra dollars on an already tight budget, but he's hoping they will be able to live out the rest of their life free from violence.

They aren't exactly cuddly or good with kids but if you are in the market for a Rooster, dozens are up for adoption here at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society.

Once you walk past the dogs and cats you'll find all 45 roosters set up in cages in the back yard.

But these aren't just any roosters. These Roosters have had a rough life.

"These here, they had a death sentence to start with so we are at least trying to give them an opportunity to live," said Jamie Hill, Animal Control Officer.

On July 8th authorities raided an elaborate cock-fighting operation near highway 256. 32 people were arrested and the Humane Society was called in to pick up the Roosters that weren't killed.

"It had a big nice building with bleachers set up for people to sit on and watch them fight," said Hill.

Even though it would have been easier to put them to sleep, the manager decided it wasn't the right thing to do.

"For the number of beautiful roosters we have out there, I wanted to give them another chance at life," said Hill

So, for the last two months, these roosters have gotten top of the line care.

"We have to feed the roosters twice a day and change their water," said Hill.

They require more effort than the other animals

"It isn't as easy as the dogs," said Hill.

Employees are working overtime to make sure the birds stay safe in the heat and the rain.

"If it starts raining on weekends we have to run up here then take the tarp off between 1130 and 2 30 because they in the sun," said Hill.

If they adopt out all of the roosters, they will get most of the money back, but more importantly they are just hoping to find them a good home.

Those Roosters are $35 dollars and after they get their inspections back from the state they will be ready for adoption.

Most of the people arrested were charged with a misdemeanor count of party to the crime of cruelty to animals.

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