Norman Animal Welfare Discovers Large-Scale Rooster Fighting Operation during Mutual Aid Response to Fire Incident

Norman Animal Welfare is investigating a large-scale rooster fighting operation following a mutual aid response to a fire in the 12200 block of E. Cedar Lane Road.

Norman Animal Welfare responded to the residence in the 12200 block of E. Cedar Lane Road on January 23 to assist the Norman Fire Department with rescuing nine puppies that were trapped in a barn fire. Tragically, the puppies were unable to be rescued and succumbed to the fire. During the rescue attempt, Norman Animal Welfare Officers encountered a large-scale rooster fighting operation located in close proximity to the fire. The property was immediately secured by the Norman Police Department and a search warrant for the property was obtained.

The joint operation led to the seizure of 77 roosters and the shutdown of the illegal and inhumane activity occurring on this property. The seized roosters were found in deplorable conditions alongside evidence of brutal training and exploitation of the animals for fighting purposes.

The seized animals will be transported to an out-of-state rooster sanctuary where they will receive proper care, evaluation, rehabilitation, and necessary medical treatment.

This case remains an active investigation by both the Norman Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Norman Animal Welfare. Criminal charges are pending the ongoing investigation.

Norman Animal Welfare appreciates the assistance of Cleveland County District 2, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, WildCare Oklahoma, Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig’s Roost, and Moore Animal Control for their help in providing manpower, equipment, and resources that were critical to the rescue and response of this incident.