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Investigation into alleged cockfighting operation continues

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

Western Mass News has learned more information about the hundreds of roosters and chickens seized in a suspected cockfighting operation in Northampton. 

Inspectors found the birds during a routine inspection, and now the incident is under investigation by local police.

The 400 birds were raised to fight in this alleged rooster fighting operation in Northampton, and now hundreds of them will die.
 
Northampton police raided a farm on Friday after an inspector noticed evidence of the bird fights including blood spatter.

[READ MORE: 400 roosters seized from suspected illegal cockfighting site in Northampton]

Now, Rob Halpin, a Spokesperson for the MSPCA told Western Mass News by phone that all 250 fighting roosters will be euthanized by a humane, lethal injection.

For now, the MSPCA is keeping the roosters each in their very own cages because they are so aggressive by nature.

Those that are left will be 100 hens and 40 to 50 chicks, their genders not all known as of yet. 

Halpin said they are taking good care of the 150 birds, and are feeding them healthy foods like kale and berries, and he hopes they will live long, happy lives after this.

He added that the MSPCA does not view chickens or any animals as food, and anyone who adopts an animal from them has to sign a contract agreeing to treat the animal solely as a pet.

In addition, even if the MSPCA had different beliefs, Haplin said the Department of Agriculture would not allow for birds raised in that way, to be eaten.

The MSPCA sees those chicks as an opportunity to try and socialize them since they are relatively young, and they will do everything they can to save them.
 
The Northampton Police Department continues to investigate the nature of this incident, and we’ll bring you more information as we learn it.

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