Target: Deputy Chief David McCartney, Watsonville Police Department
Goal: Find and punish people responsible for mass dumping of rooster corpses used in fighting rings.
Nearly 80 roosters have been found dead in garbage bins in Watsonville. California. Thirty-four were recently found in a single bin. Weeks earlier, another 43 were found in another bin, not too far from the most recent finding. Authorities say that these finds point to widespread illegal cockfighting. Investigators suspect that these dumps may be connected to another 30 dead roosters found almost a year previously in the same area.
Cockfighting is an illegal bloodsport where two roosters have knives attached to their legs and are placed in a ring to fight until one dies. The roosters were found with their feet wrapped in gauze, which is typically done before they are fitted with boots from which razor blades or spurs protrude. The animals combs and wattles had also been cut off, which is commonly done without anesthesia to fighting roosters because these areas tend to bleed so heavily.
Authorities also recently found two 6-month-old pit bulls that they suspect were used in fighting rings. The dogs showed behavioral issues consistent with dog fighting. They were suspected to have been used as bait dogs, which are docile dogs that are chained up while game dogs attack them for training.
This type of cruelty is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. In order to protect animals from this type of cruel exploitation, the people responsible must be found and punished. Sign the petition below to ask police to dedicate extra resources to finding and charging the people responsible for these cruel acts.
Dear Mr. McCartney,
Nearly 80 rooster corpses were recently found dumped in garbage bins throughout Watsonville. Nearly a year earlier, 30 more corpses were found in a dump that authorities suspect is connected to this one. If this wasn’t enough, two 6-month-old pit bull puppies were recently found with wounds and behavioral issues consistent with being used in dog fighting. Investigators suspect that the dogs were used as bait animals, which are tied up while game dogs viciously attack them.
It’s imperative that the people responsible for this cruelty are punished. We, the undersigned, demand that extra resources are dedicated to this case in order to catch and charge those responsible.
[Your Name Here]
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