Albuquerque Animal Welfare: Cockfighting ring costs city thousands

roosters cages

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Animal Welfare officials say it’s costing the city thousands to take care of 56 roosters they confiscated.

“We had no cages for roosters. What we ended up doing is taking out off-site dog cages and quartering those, or halfing those I guess, so that we could have room,” said Paul Caster of Albuquerque Animal Welfare.

Officers were serving a search warrant at a home near Central and Wyoming last week. They found the birds, drugs, syringes, and sharp blades used in cockfighting. Officials say that makes them too aggressive to adopt out.

They are looking into allowing the animals to be released to animal sanctuaries and have already gotten offers from one in the East Mountains. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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