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A restaurant owner in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is helping his fellow business owners get back on their feet.

Adolfo Melendez opened his eatery just before the coronavirus pandemic hit but he is now using a large portion of his advertising funds to buy gift cards and help other local restaurants, WSAW reported February 16.

“If you help one person and another person helps another, that will help a lot,” Melendez told the outlet. “Most of us are just single family owners and there’s no where you can go to ask for help but ourselves.”

He recently spent over $2,000 in gift cards to seven nearby restaurants, each worth $20, and has been raffling them off on his Facebook page.

“The whole idea is just to give other opportunities,” he said. “I think it’s important to support a small business, that’s what makes this little town so strong, you know? Because big companies come and go.”

In a Facebook post on February 1, a customer praised the El Mezcal restaurant owner for his kind gesture.

“Adolfo has been buying gift cards to other restaurants and giving them away to help support our local businesses. Today I support him by having a wonderful dinner!” the customer wrote.

Olympia Family Restaurant owner Pete Ananiadis called Melendez’s idea smart and said he was grateful for what he did for the community.

“In these COVID times, it’s very important to eat local, small mom and pop shops and he understands that and for all of us right now, it’s a tough time,” he noted.

Melendez later echoed his comments and said small businesses are an essential part of a community’s fabric.

“That’s part of what keeps us alive,” he stated, adding, “You can go to Applebee’s, or you can go to Pizza Hut but it ain’t the same like when you go to this little diner or pizza joint.”

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A rooster fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner as it tried to escape by slashing his groin, police in India have revealed.

The fighting cock had a blade strapped to its leg ready to take on an opponent when it tried to flee the vicious blood sport.

His owner was cut and rushed to hospital in rural Telangana state but died of blood loss before he arrived.

The killer rooster was briefly held at the local police station earlier this week before it was sent to a poultry farm. 

Roosters do battle at a cockfight in the district of Assam (stock image)

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The man's death has sparked a manhunt for the organisers of the illegal competition, at which another 15 people were participating in the village of Lothunur. 

'We are searching for the other 15 people involved in organising the illegal fight,' local police officer B. Jeevan told AFP.

They could face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight.

Cockfights are banned but still common in rural areas of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha states - particularly around the Hindu festival of Sankranti.

Specially-bred roosters have three-inch knives or blades tethered to their legs and punters bet on who will win the gruesome fight.

Thousands of roosters die each year in the battles which, despite the efforts of animal rights groups, attract large crowds.

Cockfighting was banned in England and Wales in 1835 and sixty years later it was also banned in Scotland, where it drew large crowds on Glasgow's Queen Street throughout the 17th century. 

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