Midland Law Enforcement on the Lookout For Cockfighting Activity

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - After Saturday's cockfighting bust, Midland County Sheriff's officials say they're expecting to track down on more cockfights, especially as the weather gets warmer.

"They fight year round. They probably stay in when it's cold, but they'll come out more when it's warmer," Sgt. Ray Weatherby with the Midland County Sheriff's Office, said.

Midland Animal Services says this time of year they too keep an extra ear out for any cockfighting related incidents.

"It wouldn't surprise me if we got a few more. Within city limits, we keep eyes out. We confiscated some birds when they weren't fighting, but were raised for the intent to fight," Paul O'Neil with Midland Animal Services, said.

Law enforcement officials say community involvement is vital when tracking down on illegal cockfighting, and they say without the public's help, it's extremely difficult to make arrests.

"If someone has 20 to 30 roosters, there's no need for that many. It never hurts to call, if it pans out then great, but at least you're helping prevent a crime," O'Neil said.

If you notice any suspicious activity going on in your neighborhood regarding cockfighting, you're asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 694-TIPS.