Hundreds of roosters rescued in NC cockfighting bust

(Carolina Waterfowl Rescue | Facebook)
(Carolina Waterfowl Rescue | Facebook)

LENOIR COUNTY, NC (WBTV) –
At least 200 roosters rescued in a cockfighting ring bust in Lenoir County are now in need of a home.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says they were contacted to care for the birds after officials broke up a cockfighting ring near Wheat Swamp Sunday.

The birds are receiving medical exams and will be brought back to Indian Trial. “Many of the birds have severe injuries from fighting, including missing eyes and deformed feet,” CWR Executive Director Jennifer Gordon said.

The rescue is paying for housing, food and medical supplies for the birds, and say adoptive homes are needed. “They will be euthanized if we can’t find enough homes. Please consider adopting one of these roosters,” Carolina Rescue Waterfowl said in a Facebook post.

“In honor of Giving Tuesday, donations made on the rescue’s Facebook page today will be matched, up to $1,000 thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says.

To donate to the roosters’ care, click HERE.

“Rescues like ours struggle daily with funding. Our animals simply don’t have mainstream appeal,” Gordon said. “We really need the public’s support to care for these birds and find them forever homes.”

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