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Fighting birds seized in Bronx basement raid

NY Daily News 2/9 :

More than two dozen roosters - 15 of them primed for fighting - were seized from the basement of a Bronx building yesterday, authorities said.

Police officers found the birds and cockfighting paraphernalia after spotting a man holding a rooster outside 20E.Clarke Place, Concourse, about 3p.m. and following him.

The roosters were housed in individual cages, with syringes, antibiotics, vitamins and a scale nearby, ASPCA Special Agent Joe Pentangelo said.

Fifteen of the birds were surgically altered for cockfighting. Their combs and wattles were removed and their chests were shaved, he said. Several had their spurs sharpened.

"They were ready to fight," Pentangelo said.

No arrests had been made as of last night. Both police and ASPCA agents were questioning the man found with the rooster.

All 15 of the altered birds were euthanized by the ASPCA.

"Their fighting instincts have been so exploited that they are beyond rehabilitation," Pentangelo said.

The other 10 were taken away by city Animal Care and Control officers. In the past, the agency has been able to place roosters in farm sanctuaries and with other rescue groups.

Originally published on February 9, 2005

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