DAISYTOWN (KDKA) — State Police, officers from the Humane Society of the United States and the Washington County District Attorney’s game-fighting task force today raided a farm in Daisytown.
They confiscated 92 birds, mostly roosters.
“We also found various implements – spurs, knives, various things that are used, the equipment that’s used in this type of fighting operation,” District Attorney Eugene Vittone told KDKA-TV. “We also located cages, where they place the birds prior to a fight, to increase their aggressiveness.”
The birds are now being held as evidence as the investigation is ongoing. According to Vittone, the owner of the farm, Thomas MacFann, has not been charged.
Neighbors defended their longtime neighbor, saying he was a kind and generous person.
“He is a good man,” Rae Dawn Kendall said. “The way they’re making it sound is like he’s some big mobster kind of person and he’s not.”
There was no evidence found at the farm of cockfighting taking place, but investigators believe the game fowl was bred and conditioned on the farm before going to locations in nearby states for actual fights.