Couple accused of raising fighting birds

A Green River couple faces charges for allegedly raising fighting roosters at their home.

Edgar Pena Cota, 39, and Maribel Escalante, 40, both face one charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, which carries a maximum possible sentence of up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. Additionally, if convicted, they may be forced to give up ownership of the animals and pay the costs associated with caring for them, as well as being prohibited or limited in their future capacity to own animals should the court decide those acts appropriate.

Both Cota and Escalante were released fr...


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