As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 16 June 2014

Pennsylvania man, 76, pleads in cockfighting case

Updated 3:41 pm, Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A 76-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania man will spend two years on probation after pleading no contest to owning a bird used for cockfighting, though his attorney contended the man was no longer involved in the illegal sport.

The plea by Thomas MacFann, of West Pike Run Township, on Monday settled a case that began in August 2012 when state police raided his farm.

MacFann agreed to forfeit nearly eight dozen roosters seized during the raid, after Washington County prosecutors consented to dropping a related forfeiture action against his entire farm, the (Washington) Observer-Reporter reported Tuesday.

"Mr. MacFann was not engaged in any illegal activity at the time of the search," defense attorney Martin Dietz said after the hearing, adding that cockfighting trophies at the farm were more than seven years old.

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