Nearly 400 fighting roosters and chickens were seized last week from Massachusetts to a farm.
Nearly 400 fighting roosters and chickens were seized last week from Massachusetts to a farm in the largest cockfighting bust in state history, officials said.
Officials removed the birds, the majority of them roosters, of Ravenwold Greenhouses in Northampton on Friday after animal control officials signs that there was an illegal surgery, Massachusetts society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center said in a press release.
Gloves and a bag of medication typically used for cockfighting were located on the scene. Many cocks had cut the traces and there were blood splatters in an area.
Many cocks had sharpened spurs on the farm.
“These birds are aggressive and should be housed separately to prevent them from attacking each other,” says Mike keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.
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Cockfighting is an illegal operation that places roosters in a ring and spectators watching the birds fight to survive. It is illegal in all 50 states.
Keiley said the majority of the cockerels will need to be finished because they can not be recovered.
The officials said about 100 hens were found on the farm. They will undergo medical and behaviour testing before they are placed on homes.
Officials are trying to save, 150 chickens, and chickens. The birds will undergo a medical and behavior checks.
No suspects have been arrested in the incident, officials are investigating the operation. The farm of the owner told officials he rented the property to another person.
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