(CMR) Rohan Webster, a Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman employee, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service for animal cruelty after he was found in possession of 15 roosters that were suspected to be involved in cockfighting.
He was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty in December to a single count of animal cruelty in relation to all the animals.
Webster denied that the roosters, which had their wattles and crowns removed and their spurs filed, were being used for cockfighting. He said they were mutilated because they had an unknown disease.
Magistrate Philippa McFarlane, in sentencing Webster, said a conviction had to be recorded because a message had to be sent to deter others.
Cockfighting or the management of any premises used or monies associated with such activity is punishable by law, as advised under Section 71 of the Animal Law.
Webster is employed as Employment Service Officer with WORC; he formerly worked with the NWA before the agencies merged.