- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he possessed 14 roosters that had been prepared for illegal cockfighting.

Defense attorney Michael Stosic tells Philly.com (https://bit.ly/2562u1q ) that his client, Juan Reyes, is from the Dominican Republic where people keep the birds for pets. He says the 31-year-old Kensington man planned to sell the birds as pets.

But officials with the Pennsylvania Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say the animals they found when they raided Reyes’ home on March 1 had been “dressed for fighting.” Among other things, that means the bird’s bottom feathers had been shave and their combs had been removed.

Gillian Kocher, a spokeswoman for the group, says birds are commonly groomed that way for cockfighting.

Reyes faces 14 counts of animal fighting and related charges.

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