So this happened.
On February 27, 2016, Hillsborough Co deputies raided a cockfight in progress. A dozen men ran off, abandoning “numerous dead and live caged chickens”, and no arrests were made. ACOs from the county pound were called in to kill the roosters.
Yay, we’re saved. *Four seconds later* Oh FML.
Hillsborough Co pound manager Morgan Woodward apparently sat ACO Sgt. Steve Scanlon down before sending him to the site. He was supplied with sodium pentobarbital and needles and told not to kill the birds by sticking them in the brain. Why such a conversation was necessary – well, readers can draw their own conclusions.
According to [Hillsborough Co pound director Scott] Trebatoski, county policy is that roosters should be euthanized with an injection of sodium pentobarbital into the body cavity. The county generally tranquilizes the birds first.
Gee, that’s generally nice.
Upon arrival at the scene of the raid, ACO Scanlon apparently told his staff to stick the birds in the brain. When word got out, the county investigated itself. From a taped interview conducted in connection with the investigation:
“The only thing that I violated ma’am, was I violated our county policy. I did not treat any rooster in a cruel manner,” Scanlon [said].
Scanlon admitted that the method utilized to euthanize (injecting sodium pentobarbital in the back of the head) was the wrong method.
Before we get too far down the rabbit hole here, I guess it needs to be clarified that jamming a needle of Fatal Plus into a bird’s brain is not a method. There is no such thing as – uh, brainsticking. He’s making it sound as if he didn’t have a uniform clean for work so he wore street clothes. Uniforms and street clothes are both actual clothes. Heartsticking, when performed on an animal already rendered unconscious via drugs, is a recognized method of animal killing. Brainsticking is a thing made up, presumably by some horrible person, in order to (and I’m guessing here) inflict extreme pain while killing an animal. ACO Scanlon’s claim that he did not treat any rooster in a cruel manner would have to be false considering the suffering every one of those birds would have endured after having a needle jabbed in his head.
ACO Scanlon has been placed on desk duty while the county continues to investigate itself.