DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man has been charged with training roosters to cockfight more than a month after police and animal rescue workers seized scores of chickens from his property.

Officials say 50-year-old Jose Barrios was booked Monday evening in the Polk County Jail. He’s charged with being a trainer for an animal contest, a felony.

More than 100 roosters and hens were taken from Barrios’ home on March 8.

Officials say Barrios told officers he was training the roosters to prepare them for a derby in Mexico.

If convicted, Barrios faces up to five years in prison.

No attorney was listed Tuesday for Barrios in online court records.

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