by Diane Tuazon
STANTON - A little over a month ago close to 100 roosters were violently mistreated, and now they're recovering from their battle wounds.
"I'm fighting for them to live, but at the same time I don't want to see them go back in the ring," Martin County Sheriff John Woodward, said.
Martin County Inmate, Lonnie Flowers has been given an opportunity to give back to the community by caring for the roosters. "I just enjoy them for the time. One day they'll all be gone, but for now I just enjoy feeding them and taking care of them the best I can," Flowers said.
The Martin County Sheriffs office is taking care of the roosters with the help of inmates and the local 4-H Class, but sadly euthanizing the roosters may be the only option.
As for those who were responsible for the illegal cockfight, Sheriff Woodward says it was all a conflict of culture.
"A lot of the people involved in this sport really are good people that are just a victim, down south it's a lifestyle, it's a way of life," Woodward said.