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Rooster Fighting Breeder Charged


REDGRANITE - On October 6, 2009 members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Waushara County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the residence of David Janke in the Town of Leon in rural Redgranite, Wisconsin. The search warrant was the culmination of a long term investigation of allegations that Janke was raising and selling roosters for the ultimate purpose of having the birds fought.


According to the criminal complaint, Janke was selling the birds via the internet. As a result of the warrant 157 roosters and chickens were seized and are being maintained as evidence in the investigation. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) assisted the Law Enforcement agencies by documenting, handling and transporting the roosters and chickens. The HSUS also provided assistance with identifying, inspecting and cataloging the birds as evidence.


Prior to the search warrant an undercover agent arranged for the purchase of 3 roosters from Janke for the express purpose of fighting the birds. A DCI undercover agent then purchased 3 roosters from Janke for $900.


According to the criminal complaint, during the investigation a cock-fighting article was discovered that Janke wrote in the July 2004 issue of the "Gamecock" magazine. That article described how Janke had preserved the "Pierce Wisconsin Shuffler," rooster bloodline. In that article Janke wrote how that particular bloodline was developed by Dudley Pierce, the founder of Pierce manufacturing. The bloodline dated back to about 1931. Janke also wrote on an internet posting on a rooster-fighting website that in the early years, (as far back as 1900) of the company that Pierce would often make more money fighting "mains" (roosters) than he would making trucks.


Janke was arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Waushara County Circuit Court for 10 felony counts of possession of animals with intent that they be fought and 9 counts of a felon in possession of firearms.


A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.