Tuscaloosa County sheriff's Lt. Andy Norris says authorities recovered 54 roosters from the suspects' sport utility vehicle and a box on the side of the interstate. The 38 surviving roosters were taken to an animal shelter.
He said the roosters resemble the kind used for cockfighting, but there is no evidence fighting had occurred. Cockfighting has been illegal in Alabama since 1896, but it's not illegal to raise, train or trade roosters.
Two Louisiana men officers say were inside the SUV were apprehended and charged with first-degree theft. Authorities say Brandon Michael LeBouef and Santos Dardar are suspected of stealing the birds.