A rooster-fighting incident in an Oaklawn neighborhood will be reviewed by prosecutors, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s official said Monday.
At 8:13 p.m. Friday, deputies were dispatched to a report of cockfighting at a residence in the 4600 block of South Brookhaven, near 47th Street South and Southeast Boulevard, sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said. As the deputies approached the backyard, they saw four men watching roosters fight.
One man noticed the deputies, grabbed his rooster and fled before they could stop him, Mattingly said. The three men who stayed, ages 49, 55 and 70, told deputies that they were exercising the roosters and didn’t think they were doing anything wrong because they were not betting and planned to eat the roosters, Mattingly said.
Authorities seized six roosters and took them to the Wichita animal shelter, where they were treated for injuries. On Sunday, the animals were euthanized because of the injuries and because they were “in very poor health, so the humane thing to do at this point was to euthanize them,” Mattingly said.
Prosecutors will decide whether the men, who have not been arrested, should be charged under animal-cruelty laws, he said.
At the residence, authorities also saw 20 to 25 chickens that appeared to be raised for consumption.
“We just took the animals we believed that appeared to be involved in the crime,” he said.