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Mercer brothers arrested in cockfighting probe

Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo by Eric DiNovo A rooster that was seized during a cockfighting arrest limps around its cage at the Mercer County Animal Shelter Monday. Its face and head bears scabbed-over wounds.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo by Eric DiNovo
A rooster that was seized during a cockfighting arrest limps around its cage at the Mercer County Animal Shelter Monday. Its face and head bears scabbed-over wounds.

OAKVALE, W.Va. — A cockfighting bust by the West Virginia State Police has led to the arrest of two Mercer County brothers.

Members of the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police, along with members of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, conducted an investigation into reported cockfighting Saturday night at 9:45 p.m. on Brown’s Cemetery Road near Oakvale, First Sgt. M.R. Crowder, district commander of the State Police Princeton and Welch detachments, said.

“Upon arrival, it was evident a cockfight had occurred but was currently not active,” Crowder said. “Two roosters were discovered severely injured in a barrel, along with a number of fighting roosters on the property.”

Crowder said the owner of the property, Stacey Brown, 43, and his brother, Gilbert Brown, 45, both of Brown’s Cemetery Road, were charged with hosting an illegal venture. Three other individuals were cited for attendance at an illegal venture. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

“Game fighting spurs were seized, along with six fighting roosters,” Crowder said. The spurs were covered in blood.

Crowder said an additional 153 birds were slated to be seized by humane society officials.

Mercer County Animal Control Officer Tracy Monninger said six roosters were confiscated, and approximately 145 birds remained to be picked up. More than 100 of the birds were roosters.

“We weren’t ready for anything of that magnitude,” she said.

Chicken coops were being constructed Monday evening at the Mercer County Animal Shelter’s barn…

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