ANDALUSIA, Alabama -- Six people were arrested on Sunday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty as Covington County authorities – along with investigators with the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Humane Society of the United States – dismantled a cockfighting ring near the small town of Babbie.
According to the director of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society, John Goodwin, the individuals were arrested with nine birds, which they were pitting against each other with knives and metal gaffs attached to each bird’s leg. Goodwin said three of the birds were dead when investigators arrived, and one had to be immediately euthanized due to severe injury. The remaining five were rescued and are now at an undisclosed location enjoying “big, open pens,” lots of food and clean water, he said.
According to Goodwin, the injuries the birds receive during a fight are the same as would be delivered during severe abuse.