Before police raid, fighting birds ordered killed
Documents filed in connection with a cockfighting raid on a Snohomish County home indicate the fighting birds were doomed — in or out of the ring — after a senior Humane Society investigator told Monroe police even before the raid was conducted to destroy the birds.
Court documents indicate five carcasses were kept, pursuant to a search warrant issued out of Evergreen District Court in Monroe, but that more than 50 of the large and often ornate birds were euthanized. The documents do not say how the birds were killed, and Monroe police did not respond to questions about the order.
Seventeen people were arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of animal fighting after the raid on Sunday. The resident of the property just outside of Gold Bar is under investigation as the host of the event and for his alleged role as a cockfight organizer and trainer, according to documents filed Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court.
One rooster was found in the plywood-lined fighting pit, according to the documents, and investigators found a freshly dug hole at the edge of the property that was "identified to be used to bury the dying rooster." Searchers also found various medicines, training tools and sets of the razor-sharp knives and spurs that are attached to roosters' legs before a fight.
Several of those arrested had tried to flee the property when police arrived.
Ten of the 17 men arrested also have holds filed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A telephone message left at Immigration regional headquarters in Chicago was not returned.
Source: The Seattle Times