Late Tuesday night, a police officer pulled over a van for a traffic violation. But what started as a routine traffic stop turned into something else altogether — when the officer opened the back of the van, he found 63 roosters and hens packed into boxes.
Finding birds in the back of a van may not seem that extraordinary to some, but the officer was trained to know otherwise. Upon closer inspection, the officer found razors, gaffs (long, dagger-like objects that can be attached to roosters) and other cockfighting paraphernalia. The officer also noticed many of the roosters were “dubbed,” meaning that their combs (the flap of red skin on top of their heads) and wattles (the red skin beneath their beaks) had been removed, which was another sign the birds were used in fighting.