by Sam Clanton
GALENA, Mo. – A man from Reeds Spring is arraigned on charges stemming from a reported cockfighting ring in Stone County.
Fifty-two-year-old Berry Dean Davis is scheduled to return to court for a bond reduction hearing on April 10th. He is currently jailed in Galena on 75-thousand dollars bond.
Davis and 47-year-old Tresa Baker of Galena were taken into custody on March 2nd, after sheriff’s deputies and Reeds Spring Police searched their vehicle and found methamphetamine, then executed a search warrant at Davis’s home and found more drugs, according to a news release.
At that time, officers also discovered a large amount of items used in the fighting of roosters. After several days of planning, another search warrant was executed on March 8th, when detectives and ASPCA officers removed more than 230 chickens along with various rooster fighting paraphernalia from the home.
The birds were taken to an undisclosed location to be treated by ASPCA veterinarians.
Davis is facing three class E felonies, including two counts of violation regarding baiting or fighting of animals, and animal abuse as a subsequent offense.
He is also charged with three counts of possession and/or delivery of a controlled substance, along with stealing 750-dollars or more.
Baker is charged with possession of drugs and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 3rd.