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The authorities intervene 358 animals from North Carolina poppy site

CLAREMONT, N. C. – police in North Carolina have seized hundreds of animals from the same property where they had pulled up to 2,000 opium poppy plant a day earlier.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Catawba County deputies seized 358 chickens, dogs and cats on Wednesday, after they have been removed by the county’s animal services. Officials of the province said in a statement that they are investigating whether the chickens were used for cockfighting. The animals are examined, tested for communicable diseases, and are evaluated for placement in new homes.

In addition to the live animals, officers found 40 dead animals in cages and pens.

The sheriff’s office said Cody Xiong was arrested and charged with the manufacture of and trade in, which he related to the opium poppy plants. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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