Alleged cockfighting ring bust - Philadelphia News

January 24, 2009 12:47:05 PM PST
Police and SPCA officials break up an alleged cockfighting ring. An SPCA official confirms on Saturday that 58 birds were taken out of the residence.

At around 10:00 p.m. Friday night, police received a call concerning possible bird fighting in a Feltonville home on West Loudon Street.

When officers arrived, they found 40 to 50 people inside the basement of 238 West Loudon.

Police told Action News, cockfighting was underway in the house and there were a dozen or so roosters in that basement.

When the police arrived at the home, officials say, people were scattering everywhere, going out the back door, climbing on roofs, jumping over fences, and doing anything else to try to evade the cops.

15 people have been taken into custody and will be questioned.

Police say the homeowner will definitely be arrested and will face serious charges.

One neighbor told Action News that the homeowner moved in a couple months ago and the neighbor did hear roosters coming from the house, but did not think anything of it.

At least one citizen did hear the noise, too, called police, and broke up this alleged cockfighting ring.

One police official says 58 roosters were taken from the home. At least one dead rooster was found in the home.

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