OKLAHOMA CITY - Animal Welfare officials have confiscated 15 chickens from a southeast Oklahoma City property that was home to an illegal cockfighting operation.
A tip led officials to the home near SE 29th and Hiwassee, near Choctaw.
"I don't think most people in Oklahoma City actually know this is happening," said Animal Welfare Unit Operations Supervisor Trace Lyons.
17 roosters and hens were found Tuesday in the 3300 block of South Hiwassee following a police raid.
Two of them died soon after from injuries, Lyons said.
"They're not your standard rooster," he said. "They've been trained to inflict damage."
Metal spurs, or "gaffs" were found, along with steroids, mirrors and scales near a fighting ring that sits behind a vacant house.
A satellite photo shows a lot of activity on the property, which is chained and fenced off.
Now the search is on for the crooks who brought those chickens there to fight to the death.
"They're not going to be safe for the public. So unfortunately they're going to have to be euthanized," Lyons said. "Their life was meant to be short because of what they were forced to do. It's sad."
Lyons says those chickens could be adopted if the situation was right, but they don't want these roosters hurting other animals or kids.
Call police if you have any information.