Officials: Roosters trained for fighting and to be killed

METHUEN, Mass. – Animal welfare officials say most of the hundreds of roosters seized from a suspected illegal cockfighting site will need to be finished.

The Massachusetts society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, that the housing of the birds on the farm in Methuen, says the roosters are very aggressive and can not be restored or retrained.

Northampton police seized approximately 400 birds from a farm in the city, last Friday. About three-quarters of them are roosters bred to fight.

Officials detected signs of cockfighting during a barn inspection, including the birds, gloves used during fights and a bag of medication commonly used in cockfighting. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states.

The farm owner says he rented the space to the other person and had never been inside.

There are no arrests.

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