Seized gamecocks’ days are likely numbered | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 18, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm
Colleton County Animal and Environmental Control Director Reggie McNeil suspects he’s going to be faced with just one option in the handling of the gamecocks his agents seized during the May 13 raid on a cockfighting operation in the Cottageville area.
The only possible option McNeil has found for the 59 gamecocks being housed at the Animal Control facilities is euthanasia.
McNeil said a total of 84 gamecocks had been prepared to fight that Saturday.
His personnel took custody of the remains of the gamecocks that had been killed in the fights conducted before the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office shut the operation down.
Animal Control officers seized every gamecock that had yet to fight, as well as the birds that had been victorious.
A total of 62 gamecocks were brought to the animal control office Saturday evening.
Of those, three had significant injuries and have been euthanized. There are another 10 or 12 gamecocks that have sustained life-threatening injuries during the cockfight on Sullivans Ferry Road and, more than likely, will be the next birds to be put down.
McNeil said the birds have been bred to fight and there is no way to undo that.
McNeil said that he has been pecked numerous times by the birds as he tries to tend them. They all need to be constantly confined. Pull two of them out of their confinement, he said, and they are immediately going to go after each other and fight to the death.