Two Green River Residents Arrested for Training Roosters to Fight

Two Green River Residents Arrested for Training Roosters to Fight

Edgar Pena Cota, 39, and Maribel Escalante, 40, were both arrested Wednesday for possession of fowls with the intent to allow the fowls to engage in exhibition of fighting with another fowl.

GREEN RIVER — What began as a nuisance animal complaint in April, has resulted in the arrest of two Green River residents for training roosters to fight.

Edgar Pena Cota, 39, and Maribel Escalante, 40, were both arrested Wednesday, July 21, for possession of fowls with the intent to allow the fowls to engage in exhibition of fighting with another fowl.

Green River Police Department Public Informant Officer Jamie Green said that in April Green River Animal Control officers were called to a complaint about multiple roosters making noises and crowing throughout the day and night. 

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“Officers met with the owner who stated they were raising roosters and selling them, and that they had about 30 roosters and some hens,” Green said.

Officers observed the roosters and began an investigation, which led to the arrest of Cota and Escalante on alleged charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The case is still open and the investigation is ongoing.