Police: 126 birds removed from property for alleged cockfighting

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COATSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Acting on an anonymous tip, the Indiana Gaming Commission says they removed 126 birds from an alleged animal fighting operation near Coatesville.

Upon arriving at the property Wednesday morning, investigators say they found multiple roosters with physical alterations common in fighting birds, such as the removal of their combs and wattles.

Cockfighting paraphernalia was also discovered on the property.

The Gaming Commission says this is the third animal fighting operation discovered in Indiana this year.

The ASPCA assisted with the removal of the birds. “The ASPCA is committed to stamping out this barbaric blood sport where birds are forced to fight while their owners profit from their torture,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The ASPCA is proud to lend its resources and expertise to the Indiana Gaming Commission to bring this cruel form of organized animal fighting to an end.”

Investigators have now turned over the case to the Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office for possible charges.