Over 1,300 have been seized from a property in Pierce County, Wisconsin, that is believed to be associated with a dog and cockfighting operation.
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) seized chickens and more than a dozen dogs that were allegedly bred for fighting.
According to police, a search warrant was executed on Aug. 30 by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office were officials discovered a large number of animals living in deplorable conditions throughout the property. Some dogs were found tied to heavy chains and appeared to have scars and injuries associated with dogfighting. Roosters were also found with similar scarring.
Dogfighting and cockfighting paraphernalia was also discovered on the property.
"This is the second large-scale animal cruelty case we have encountered in the past two years,” said Sheriff Nancy Hove with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
“When we are made aware of any animal cruelty issues, we do the best we can to investigate and hold those responsible accountable for the suffering they’ve caused these animals."
The ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy Department will work closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure the best outcome for these animals.
In Wisconsin, engaging in animal fighting is a Class 1 felony for first offenders, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to three and a half years. A second offence is a Class H felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to six years.
All animals have been transported to temporary shelters where they will be cared for until custody is determined in court.