Cockfighting ring broken up in Berks County

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 7, 2014 8:34 PM

Photo by AP Photo/The Humane Society of the United States, Frank Loftus, file

(Bernville) -- Animal welfare authorities say they've rescued dozens of roosters after breaking up a cockfighting ring near Reading.

One person has been arrested, but the suspect was not identified by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Cockfighting is a felony.

According to an SPCA statement, a tip led officers to a farm near Bernville, Berks County.

Officers say they found evidence of cockfighting, unsanitary confinement and other animal cruelty violations. They seized 50 to 60 birds, a goat, a horse and four dogs.

The animals will be taken to SPCA headquarters in Philadelphia to be evaluated by veterinarians.

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