Police charge man, seize fighting roosters

An officer with the Pennsylvania SPCA loads fighting cocks into a van in the 4000 block of North Fairhill Street while investigating a suspected cockfighting operation. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer )

A police narcotics raid Thursday yielded drugs, guns, money - and 47 dressed fighting roosters that were part of a cockfighting ring in the city's Hunting Park section, authorities said.

Police called officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA to the 4000 block of North Fairhill Street after the narcotics raid, said agency spokeswoman Wendy Marano. Police found some of the birds, a fighting ring, and fighting paraphernalia.

Besides the dressed roosters, PSPCA officers removed more than 50 hens and chicks from the two sites, she said.

One man, who was charged with drug offenses, faced animal-fighting and cruelty charges. The PSPCA identified another suspect in connection with the bird fighting, Marano said.

 


To see a video from the raid, go to www.philly.com/cockfight


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