(Neb)-Major SE Nebraska Cock-Fight Raided
LOUISVILLE, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska authorities broke up a major cockfighting ring Saturday in the southeast part of the state near Louisville, arresting 32 men and seizing 186 roosters.
Mark Langan with the Nebraska Humane Society says the raid on a farm was the result of an anonymous tip, and Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann says the two property owners told authorities they "had no clue" why so many people were on their property.
Langan calls it a "very large and very well-organized cockfighting operation," making the raid "a huge task." He praises the "great cooperation" from the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Brueggemann told KETV that as investigators searched the property, "numerous people flooded out of a barn and took off into the trees and fields." He said authorities detained "as many as they could" but many people got away.
The 32 men who were taken into custody range in age from 20 to 67 and all face charges of participating, viewing or promoting cockfighting. Two juveniles were also detained, then released to their parents.
After obtaining a search warrant, investigators searched a barn on the property and found 186 live roosters, 11 dead roosters, and one bird so badly injured it had to be euthanized.
Some of the live roosters had fresh injuries, and many were in small boxes and crates. Investigators found many blades, syringes, string, a fighting pen and gambling sheets.
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