Updated: Police make arrests at cockfight

UPDATED: Department of Agriculture staff euthanised 17 roosters seized after police broke up a cockfighting event on Saturday, Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said Monday.

The commissioner said police had carried out an “intelligence-led operation” into the cockfight, in Fairlawn Road, off Fairbanks Road, in George Town. Frontline officers, along with armed support personnel and the police helicopter, took part in the operation.

Byrne said about 20 people had been spotted by the police helicopter. When police arrived at the scene, 10 people were still there.

Two people were arrested for offences in relation to the cockfight, and eight others were ticketed for being in breach of soft curfew.

The commissioner said officers found 24 roosters, many of which were in “very poor shape, with severe injuries”.

Two animal welfare officers from the Department of Agriculture attended the scene and euthanised 17 of the birds. The remaining roosters were removed to DoA facilities for treatment, Byrne said.

He added that police found a variety of cockfighting paraphernalia, including metal spiked spurs and steroid applications at the scene.

Of the 10 people who police caught, nine were male and one was female, ranging in age from 17 to 48.

The commissioner said a file had been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a legal ruling.

Original story: Police arrested two men Saturday after officers raided a cockfight in George Town.

According to a statement from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, its officers conducted an operation in Fairlawn Road, off Fairbanks Road, in George Town in response to concerns about a public gathering taking place, in contravention of the soft curfew rules.

“A gathering of several people engaging in cockfighting were seen at the location,” police said.

During the operation, the two men, ages 25 and 32, both of George Town, were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, illegal gambling, possession of ganja, and for being in breach of curfew.

Several other people who were present when police arrived were also warned for intended prosecution for COVID curfew-related offences, as well as offences relating to animal cruelty.

Animal welfare and control officers from the Department of Agriculture assisted with the operation, police said, and more than 30 roosters were seized.

The two men will remain in police custody pending further investigations, according to the RCIPS.

Under Cayman’s current COVID-19 restrictions, public gatherings of more than two people are banned, and only people with surnames beginning L-Z are allowed to be out in public on Saturdays, for purposes other than exercise or visits to essential services like pharmacies.

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