WEST ODESSA - An animal cruelty case out of West Odessa is on hold after a judge called off a hearing when the owner of 25 game roosters didn't show up to court.
Animal control officials say the case is still under investigation.
But since the owner of the birds has yet to come forward, a judge awarded the roosters to animal control on Monday and cancelled the hearing.
25 neglected game roosters were seized from a home in West Odessa earlier this month.
Officers say until they find the owner, they can't move forward with animal cruelty charges.