VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Last March Vigo County Sheriff's deputies busted a multi county cock fighting ring. The two men arrested still await their day in court, while the roosters have found new homes. But the bill for the rooster's temporary care has come in and the county isn't happy with the price tag.
Back in March, the Terre Haute Humane Society took in the mutilated farm fowls. Their hope was to find homes for each bird to keep them out of the ring. At Tuesday night's Vigo County Council meeting one of the many agenda items, included the bill the Terre Haute Humane Society sent to the county. The Humane Shelter housed close to 50 birds for several weeks, 45 of which were from Vigo County.
“A lot of time had lapsed where these roosters had been in custody of the humane society based off the seizure of the evidence," Greg Ewing the Vigo County Sheriff said.
However, when the cost came in to roost, it was much higher than the council expected.
"There has been a bill turned in a little over $19,000 for housing 40 roosters for possibly 40 days," President of the Vigo County council Bill Thomas said.
That breaks down to around to 400 dollars per bird for their care over that span. But, with no representative from the humane society present at the meeting the council was not comfortable with cutting a check close $20,000 without some explanation.
"We're gonna need to see (the cost) broken out as to how they charge for that," Thomas said.
The council tabled the issue till next month's meeting when they hope a representative from the humane society will be present.
The Terre Haute Humane Society was already closed by the time the meeting ended. News 10 did their best to reach out to the humane society to get their side of the story and we will bring you the latest from them as it becomes available.
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