Reeds Spring, Mo. -- (3/8/2018) Stone County deputies executed a search warrant on Friday, March 2 for narcotics at a residence on Old Hwy 160 north of Reeds Spring.
During the execution of the warrant, detectives discovered a large amount of items which would be used in the fighting of roosters.
Detectives contacted the ASPCA and advised them of what was discovered. The ASPCA agreed to come to the location and assist the Sheriffs Office to rescue the chickens involved. After a week of planning logistics, another warrant was served on Thursday at the same location on Old 160.
During the execution of the warrant, detectives, along with the ASPCA, removed approximately 231 Chickens, a mixture of both roosters and hens, along with other items of rooster fighting paraphernalia. The chickens were taken by ASPCA to an undisclosed location where they will undergo a wellness exam by ASPCA Veterinarians and be treated for any disease they might have( if needed ).
On Friday, detectives will meet with the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney and discuss further charges against the suspect. Once other charges are filed, a second press release will be presented.
In Missouri, conducting a cockfight, as well as the possession of birds or paraphernalia for fighting, are felonies, each punishable by up to four years in prison, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.00