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400 roosters seized from suspected illegal cockfighting site in Northampton

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(photo courtesy MSPCA) (photo courtesy MSPCA)
NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM/AP) -

Western Mass News is following developing news out of Northampton where hundreds of chickens were seized on Friday in an alleged cockfighting operation.

The birds were taken after the raid and are now being cared for at the MSPCA in Methuen. 

This incident is likely considered to be the  largest seizure of its kind in the state.

MSPCA officials said the 400 birds were raised to fight, and because they are so aggressive a majority will need to be euthanized. 

Western Mass News stopped by the address of where those birds were held.

The owner of the land told Western Mass News that his business had nothing to do with the birds and the area that they were found in was leased.

Northampton police conducted the raid on 1095 Florence Road after an inspector noticed birds with body modifications for fighting and what appeared to be a training ring with blood spatter. 

It took 26 hours to remove the birds with help from various local organization like the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield which lent dog and cat carriers to help transport the birds.

Western Mass News stopped by 1095 Florence Road where the MSPCA said is Ravenwold Greenhouses. 

Richard Adams, the owner of Ravenwold Greenhouses did not want to go on camera, but said his greenhouse business had nothing to do with these birds.

Adams said his brother who has passed away had leased other greenhouses not visible from the road. Adams added that he does not know their names and said the lease prevented him from going into that area. 

While many of the birds will need to be put down, the MSPCA said 100 hens will likely be re-homed and that staff will try to raise the 45 rooster chicks for adoption.

Western Mass News spoke with Northampton police on Tuesday and they said no arrests have been made and that this is still a very open and ongoing investigation.

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