Over 200 Roosters Will Live to Crow Another Day in Cockfighting Bust Turn of Events
METHUEN, Massachusetts — Five weeks after the rescue of 423 birds, more than 200 have been saved from euthanasia.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm rescued 423 fighting roosters, hens, and chicks from Northampton, Massachusetts, five weeks ago. Now, over 200 will be living in sanctuaries ranging from New England to Florida.
Although of 193 roosters were humanely euthanized by MSPCA-Nevins Farm staffers, The Vine Sanctuary, in Springfield, Vermont, took in 136 roosters, hens and chicks. One rooster and 10 hens went to the Tomten Farm & Sanctuary in Haverhill, New Hampshire.
The other 63 birds have been sent to other sanctuaries and private adopters to live in their forever homes.
"It’s extremely difficult for us to euthanize these birds, but we take solace in knowing we saved them from deplorable conditions and a brutal death at the hands of their abusers — and we’re so happy we found options for over 200 thanks to some great animal welfare organizations,” said Elizabeth Monteith, manager of the equine and farm animal programs at Nevins Farm.
The staff did the best they could accommodate the birds' needs in the limited space at MSPCA-Nevins Farm. The large barn at the front of the property was closed to the public and used to house the birds, and the birds also got treat balls, toys, perches and as they became available, larger crates and even nesting boxes.
The birds also ate an abundance of donated kale, blueberries and other treats from the community.
For those who want to help the MSPCA-Nevins farm and their future endeavors, can donate here.