PORT ARTHUR (KBMT) -- Port Arthur Animal Control officers are investigating an apparent cockfighting operation following the discovery of over 200 gamecocks and fowls.
The birds were found around 9 a.m. at a home in the 3300 block of 59th Street.
It took the officers most of the day to seize about 106 of them, the others escaped or died.
Officers found what they describe as fighting paraphernalia along with the birds, and they say there was also an arena, in which the birds could fight.
The birds were seized from Savena Bounnharitha. The 70-year-old man is a native of Laos, who's been in Port Arthur since 1980.
But he denied using the game fowl for cockfighting. He says he's raised the birds for 10 years, and has them for food.
A seizure hearing is set for August 21 before Jefferson County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Marc DeRouen.
The outcome of the hearing will determine of the birds would be returned to the owner, euthanized or sold.
But Bounnharitha says he no longer wants the birds.