Tip Leads Cops to Cockfighting Ring

At least 23 birds discovered in the basement of a North Philadelphia home.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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A tip leads police to a cockfighting ring. The scene is still very active, as dozens of birds are still inside.

Monique Braxton, NBC Philadelphia

A tip leads police to a cockfighting ring. The scene is still very active, as dozens of birds are still inside.

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A cockfighting ring was discovered in the basement of a North Philadelphia home Wednesday.

Police and the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were led to the home, located on N. 7th Street, on a tip, according to George Bengal of the PSPCA.

“We made entrance into the place, we found the fighting ring, a very large fighting ring…We’ve got at least 23 fighting birds,” says Bengal.

The basement, Bengal says, was the scene of a very intricate operation.

“This was pretty elaborate…there was a quarter inch plate steel cage by the door with bulletproof glass. And when you paid your admission to get into these fights they made sure you weren’t law enforcement.”

One person is under arrest and the search for a second person that is believed to be involved is underway. Those associated with the ring could be facing felony charges for each bird, according to PSPCA. Fighting animals is illegal in Pennsylvania.

All the birds recovered appear to be in good shape.

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