Cop arrested after tattoo shop mascot rooster’s death devastates locals

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A cop has been arrested after a rooster belonging to a tattoo parlour was abducted and later found dead, leaving its fans devastated.

The rooster, a popular fixture in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, disappeared from the tattoo shop's front porch on Sunday (April 24) before footage showed him being abducted by a woman and later found dead.

Corrections officer Kendra Shaffer has been arrested for her involvement.

Christina Jackson manages Twisted Anchor Tattoo, where the bird, called Carl Jr, spent most of his time in downtown Ocean Springs.

"We're devastated and heartbroken," Jackson said to Newsweek.

"Carl J's loss has affected all of us so deeply."

The rooster rotated around different businesses in downtown Ocean Springs, a small city on the Gulf of Mexico, before claiming the tattoo parlour as his home.

Jackson first raised the alarm last Tuesday (April 26) asking in a Facebook post: "Has anyone seen Carl J?! Haven't seen him today, and his water dish is still full so he hasn't stopped by without me knowing either."

On Wednesday, the plot thickened when a video showed the bird being carried off from the porch by a woman, with a group of men.

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A second video allegedly showed his body being dumped in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was later found dead, the Jones County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Newsweek.

Shaffer, a corrections officer with the Jones County Juvenile Detention Center, is suspected of being the woman in the video.

She was arrested by the Ocean Springs Police Department and cited for animal cruelty, the sheriff's department said.

Newsweek reported that she was fired by the sheriff's department and will appear in Ocean Springs Municipal Court on May 4.

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