POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:27am
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — More than 450 roosters and other birds were seized from a home located in New Orleans East, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced.
The birds were recovered on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at a home located in the 14000 block of Chef Menteur Highway. The owner, Trinh Tran, 47, was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals.
Officials say items traditionally used for cockfighting were located in the home. That includes drug paraphernalia such as needles and steroids. The majority of the birds are roosters.
The LA/SPCA noted that this is the largest animal seizure in the organizations 125-year history.
The New Orleans Police Department assisted with the arrest. Tran was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison.
Louisiana’s cockfighting ban went into effect in August 2008. The state penalty for a first offense is a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in prison. A second or third offense is a felony punishable by up to six months in prison at hard labor and a maximum fine of $2,000.