Tip Leads to Cockfighting Operation

(SPENCER) – Police in Owen County arrested two people after receiving tips about animal neglect and chicken fighting.

On June 20, 2019 police served a search warrant at home of Jeffrey Pierce and Kristen Hammond.

Officers found several chickens, roosters, and chicks.

Authorities say some of the roosters were ‘dubbed’ which is a process where a rooster’s comb, wattles, and earlobes are removed. This process is done to birds involved in fighting. Two of the roosters also had their spurs altered.

Officers say they located drug paraphernalia and meth in the home.

The Owen County Humane Society removed six roosters, seven hens, and 47 chicks from the home. Officials found four dead chickens on the property.

Jeffery Pierce and Kristen Hammond

Pierce was charged with the purchase or possessing animals for fighting contest, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hammond was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.