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Man accused of cockfighting in Youngsville

Lebanon Daily Life
Posted at 1:41 PM, Jan 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 14:32:07-05

LAFAYETTE PARISH, La. – A 62-year-old man is accused of multiple counts of cockfighting.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance Saturday night in the 600 block of Linden Lewis Road in Youngsville. Responding deputies located multiple chickens as well as cockfighting paraphernalia at the location, according to Valerie Ponsetti, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office. Detectives and Animal Control also responded to the scene as part of the investigation.

William Green was arrested on charges of animal abuse (cockfighting) (12 counts), participation in cockfighting, and unlawful possession, transfer, or manufacture of animal fighting paraphernalia.

The investigation remains ongoing and may lead to additional arrests in this case, Ponsetti stated.

We applaud the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for taking action against Mr. Green and call on the U.S. Dept. of Justice to join with local law enforcement and take action under the federal law in this case.

Cockfighting runs rampant in Louisiana, and this gruesome blood-sport is not only cruel but is a serious risk to human health and safety as fighting birds can easily spread New Castle Disease and Avian Influenza to commercial poultry flocks and waterfowl in the wild. It’s time to stamp out this form of staged cruelty.
Marty Irby, Executive Director at Animal Wellness Action

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