Man arrested for baiting, fighting roosters

Timothy Tomlinson, 50, charged with 10 counts

Author: Scott Johnson, General assignment reporter, sjohnson@wjxt.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 04:04:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 08 2013 12:10:45 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A Jacksonville man was arrested on ten counts of baiting or using an animal, in this case roosters, for the purpose of fighting any other animal.

According to the police report, 50-year-old Timothy Tomlinson was charged with ten counts of baiting roosters for the purpose of fighting another animal, after police served him with an arrest warrant Monday.

Channel 4 headed to the 1100 block of Halsema Road to see if there were any roosters left on the property after Tomlinson's arrest. Channel 4's Scott Johnson encountered Tomlinson's son, Josh.

"Do you know Mr. Tomlinson?" asked Scott Johnson.

"That's my dad," said Tomlinson.

"We're doing a story on him, arrested for cock fighting, do you know anything about it?" asked Johnson.

"I'm not going to talk about it," said Tomlinson.

"We heard a lot of rooster sounds back there, you guys raise them?" asked Johnson.

"Yeah, just raise them. Been raising them for years, my dad's been raising roosters his whole life," said Tomlinson.

Channel 4 also spoke to Tomlinson's neighbors Thursday night, who said they weren't sure what to think about Tomlinson's arrest.

"People will be on anything now-a-days, cock fighting is still popular," said neighbor Gregg Burrow. "In other countries it is and I guess it still is in the middle of nowhere."

"It's sad," said Frank Everett, "But you haven't the foggiest idea what people do in their houses and most people like it that way."

Timothy Tomlinson bailed out of jail on March 5th. He was previously arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence.