Cops probe possible illegal slaughterhouse in Pa.

September 30, 2011 11:28:54 AM PDT
Authorities in Pittsburgh have shut down what they believe was an illegal slaughterhouse run out of the basement of a man's home.Pittsburgh police say they seized 15 chickens from the blood-covered basement of a home in the West End neighborhood on Wednesday.

Officers served the warrant at the man's home after visiting the house earlier this month in an unrelated incident.

Investigators say the man told them he feeds his family with the animals but they say he may have been selling what he killed.

Police said the basement had two freezers filled with animal parts. Authorities say they're considering animal cruelty charges.