Three brothers are being charged after authorities shut down a bird fighting ring, operating on several farms in western Wisconsin. Investigators charged Ernesto, Augustine and Idelio Benitez Tuesday.
Wisconsin authorities and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have seized about 1,200 birds from a cockfighting ring in Polk and St. Croix counties. The ASPCA says law enforcement executed search warrants Tuesday at four western Wisconsin properties, detaining several people.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office says 19 people have been arrested in connection to a cockfighting ring bust Saturday. On Jan. 24 at 1:13 p.m., the sheriff’s office received information of a possible cockfighting event held at a dairy farm located at 1721 315th street in Glenwood, Wisconsin.
A warrant has been issued for a Minneapolis man who was charged with cruelty to animals in connection with a cockfighting ring. Minneapolis Police and Minneapolis Animal Control seized several roosters, chickens, hens and cockfighting paraphernalia from a home at 3502 Newton Ave. N. in Minneapolis on Jan. 10, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office.
Minneapolis police have busted a cockfighting ring on the city’s north side. An anonymous call sent investigators to the 3500 block of Newton Avenue North. A search warrant got them inside, where they found 19 roosters involved in cockfighting.