Baby Chicks Seized in Alleged Cockfighting Operation

By David Chang
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 10:57 PM EDT
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Animal Welfare Officers seized more than thirty birds from two houses in North Philadelphia on Wednesday.

NBC Philadelphia, Monique Braxton

Animal Welfare Officers seized more than thirty birds from two houses in North Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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The Pennsylvania SPCA and law enforcement officials took dozens of birds and even some eggs out of two homes in North Philadelphia on Wednesday.

They seized them as part of a undercover investigation into an alleged cockfighting and bird-breeding operation.

In all, they found 46 roosters, 15 doves, 15 rabbits, two dozen baby chicks and 13 eggs that were incubating.

Humane Law Enforcement Officers went into one home in the 3000 block of  North Reese Street first, and then a second one four doors down.

No one was living in either home -- they were being used for breeding and training, according to investigators.

"They use these animals for fighting, especially the level that these people are fighting the birds at," said George Bengal of the PSPCA.

Police have a person they want to question in the case.


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