84 roosters, chickens seized from West Side home

Owners could face charges

SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of roosters and chickens were seized from a home Thursday on the city's West Side.

Audra Houghton, of Animal Care Services, said officers were conducting a sweep when they came upon a home on Inez Street near Culebra Road and found the fowl.

ACS officials deemed the conditions terrible, and that led officers to show up with a warrant on Thursday to remove the animals from the home and a nearby lot.

"We began the process of the investigation approximately a week to 10 days ago, doing inspections and actually offering the owners opportunities to correct the violations that they had," Houghton said.
"We did not gain their cooperation, so it did lead to a warrant."

Veterinarians examined the animals and determined that all the roosters and chickens will remain in ACS custody.

"With all the rain, it's not helping," Houghton said. "It's making it a lot worse. (There's) a lot of built up animal waste, a number of the birds are underweight, missing feathers, a lot of signs of neglect and care."

Houghton said residents can't have more than three chickens on their property.

"It certainly is unusual for there to be primarily roosters, a lot of roosters on one property, that is a concern for us," Houghton said.

The owners could face charges for failing to provide necessary care and for having the chickens with the intentions of fighting them, Houghton said.

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