Cockfighting Ring Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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Jose Pena, 52.

CLEVELAND – A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to ten counts of animal cruelty, after police discovered one of the largest cockfighting rings this area has ever seen.

Jose Pena, 52, was charged with cruelty to animals and killing or injuring animals.

He remains behind bars.

On Saturday, officers removed 49 roosters, 3 dead roosters, a cockatoo and a parrot from a home on West 30th Street in Ohio City.

After their rescue, eight of the roosters had to be euthanized.  The rest were being cared for at the Cleveland Kennel.

There were about 40 other men on site.  They have yet to be charged.

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(Fox 8’s Annette Lawless contributed to this report.)