One arrested, five roosters seized in possible Oklahoma County cockfighting operation

One man was arrested and five roosters confiscated Saturday when an Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy was alerted to a possible cockfighting operation near NE 50 and Post Road, authorities said.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: January 22, 2012 at 12:02 am •  Published: January 22, 2012
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— One man was arrested and five roosters taken when an Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy was alerted to a possible cockfighting operation Saturday, authorities said.

Michael Hornbeck, 40, was booked into Oklahoma County jail on complaints of keeping a place, equipment or facility for cockfighting and possession of birds for cockfighting. His bail was set at $10,000.

About 1 p.m., a deputy patrolling the area near NE 50 and Post Road was alerted by a resident to a possible cockfighting operation. The deputy went to 5513 NE 54 where he found a group of people and a pickup with five caged roosters and cockfighting paraphernalia in the vehicle, Oklahoma County sheriff's Capt. James Absher said.

No other arrests were made Saturday, but Absher said the investigation is ongoing.

Another 130 chickens were found on the property that Hornbeck was renting. The remaining chickens were left in the care of the homeowner, Absher said. The five confiscated roosters were taken to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.

Hornbeck also had a warrant for his arrest, Absher said. Court records show he was charged with one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in November.

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