Eighty Roosters, Metal Spurs Found At Suspected Cockfighting Ring

A noise complaint in Winston-Salem lead authorities to find what they believe was an illegal cockfighting operation.

Forsyth County animal control officers arrested 43-year-old Andres Maganda on Wednesday. He was released from jail after posting $4,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court February 1.

The county's animal control director, Tim Jennings, said investigators found about 80 caged roosters, some of them injured or dead.

Authorities also found a fighting area with spectator chairs and
10 sets of metal spurs often attached to roosters' legs in
cockfighting.
The surviving roosters are still on the property. Maganda has been ordered to care for the animals, and officials plan to make regular checks of the property.

Cockfighting has been a felony in North Carolina since January 2006.


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  • by Sophie Location: NC on Jan 18, 2008 at 02:31 AM
    Why did the animal control officers not seize the animals when they did the search and arrest? Did they not leave them in a cruel and inhumane enviroment? It is time to take the animal cruelty laws in this state into the 21st century instead of continually using ones that are from the dark ages.
  • by Cactus Location: NC on Jan 17, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    The owner is to care for the roosters? Is that not like a bank robber garding the bank he robbed?
  • by animama Location: NC on Jan 17, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    Oh please, the suspect is going to care for the roosters??? He'll be gone in a day or two back to his native land so that he can begin all over again!!
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