Man arrested, 300 roosters seized in Wash. cockfighting investigation

ROCHESTER, Wash. -- Roughly 300 roosters thought to be used for cockfighting were confiscated Monday from a Thurston County property.

The Washington State Gambling Commission served a search warrant on the Rochester-area home after receiving several tips from neighbors about birds fighting on the property, according to Amy Hunter with the Gambling Commission.

Prior to getting the search warrant, Hunter said the commission did undercover work at the property and found reason to believe the owner was involved in cockfighting.

A man who lives on the property was arrested and now faces various gambling and animal cruelty charges.

Cockfighting is a Class C felony in Washington, punishable by a maximum 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The roosters are being evaluated and will soon be removed from the property. Hunter did not know what condition the birds were in.

Officials from Seattle Animal Control, the Department of Agriculture and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search.