SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe animal services officers are trying to find out who shackled a rooster and tossed him out with the trash.
Officials say they were called to a condominium complex on Cerrillos Road Tuesday morning after people heard the bird crowing and found him near the condo's trash dumpster, unable to move. They say his feet were shackled with wire rings, he was thin, bruised, had badly injured legs and multiple broken feathers.
Authorities say they don't think the bird was used in cock fighting, but Santa Fe police want to find the person responsible for the abuse. That person could face animal neglect and cruelty charges.