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Mon Nov 26, 2018, 05:42 PM

Caring for roosters from cockfighting operation keeps shelter staff busy

By Kevin Cole

Nebraska Humane Society staff members are staying busy caring for the 186 roosters confiscated from a cockfighting ring in Cass County, a shelter official said Monday.

"We're taking care of the birds, but it's a massive effort," said Mark Langan, the humane society's vice president of field operations. "It takes at least eight employees to properly clean the cages, feed and water the birds."

After receiving an anonymous tip on Saturday about cockfighting at a farm near Louisville, Nebraska, Cass County deputies, Cass County emergency management officials and animal control officers from the Nebraska Humane Society went to the farm and seized 186 live roosters there. Authorities also found 11 dead roosters and another rooster that had to be euthanized at the scene.

Officers arrested 32 people on suspicion of participating, viewing or promoting cockfighting. Some also were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a peace officer. Two juveniles also were detained and released to their parents.

FULL story: https://www.omaha.com/news/crime/caring-for-roosters-from-cockfighting-operation-keeps-shelter-staff-busy/article_22016695-23dc-52d0-b2c7-96f98f5f84f4.html

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