Officials Seize 77 Roosters, Spurs in New Mexico Cockfighting Raid

Bernalillo County deputies today seized 77 roosters in a raid on what they say is a cockfighting pit.

Two men were taken into custody. Their names have not been released.

Deputies say they seized fighting knives that are strapped to roosters legs, veterinary equipment, marijuana and cocaine.

Heather Ferguson, who works with an attorney general's task force investigating cockfighting, says the veterinary equipment was used to treat roosters and contribute to a breeding operation.

She says the roosters will be euthanized, but says that's more humane than being torn to ribbons in the pits.

New Mexico outlawed cockfighting in 2007.