Roosters found in Thurston County may have been used in cock fights

Thurston County Animal Services is looking for more information about four roosters found in the back of a vehicle after a collision Friday.

Department manager Connie Patterson said the roosters may have been used for cock fighting — the breed of rooster is commonly used for that purpose, and the roosters’ combs and spurs had been removed.

“Usually in cock fighting they remove the spurs and attach knives or other ornaments,” Patterson said.

The Washington State Patrol found the birds in the back of a pickup after responding to a two-car collision Friday on Interstate 5, said Trooper Guy Gill. The owner of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and Animal Services was called to collect the animals.

An Animal Services officer began investigating the roosters, but so far there is no evidence that the birds had ever been used in a fight, Patterson said. And if they were used in fights, it’s unlikely the fights took place in Thurston County, because the owner isn’t from the area, she said.

“Right now we’re just holding the birds,” Patterson said. “Right now there’s no evidence that a crime has been committed.”

The officer did receive a warrant to search the truck, and the investigation will continue next week.