POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:17am
Tall unsightly weeds, broken down cars, dogs running loose and dumped debris were what about half a dozen Code Enforcement Officers were out looking for Wednesday morning.
They swept through six streets on the east side of Brownsville in an effort to clean up the neighborhood.
As one officer was checking in on a car off of Cleveland Street, he came across what appeared to be a more serious violation.
Sounds from the backyard prompted him to take a closer look, that's when he called animal control officers.
"We found 27 roosters," said Animal Control Officer Arturo Martinez.
An illegal cock fighting ring is what animal control officers believe they found.
"I found clear evidence that they are training for fights. We found the brooms, and we found the knives, like when they try to train the animals and we found the rodeo where they're training the birds," said Martinez.
As of now the people at the home were cited with a class C misdemeanor, they say they're not their roosters, but they're making plans to do something with them or turn them over to animal control by Thursday. If the situation is not handled, animal control can get a warrant to remove the birds.
In the meantime, those tagged for other violations Wednesday have between seven to ten days to take care of whatever they've been cited for.
Code Enforcement Officers will be visiting a new neighborhood every Wednesday for the next six months.