Police Stumble Upon Alleged Cockfighting

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police found nearly 40 people and 45 roosters allegedly used for cockfighting in a Cleveland basement Saturday.

Cleveland police dispatch was called just before 4:30 p.m. to reports of possible dog fighting in a vacant home located at 2186 W. 30th St.

Once officers arrived, they could hear noises from the basement, according to reports. After checking the basement, 40 males were found and a cockfight was taking place, said police.

The males were detained and questioned, said police.

The Cleveland Kennels were also notified and removed 43 live roosters and two dead roosters from the home.

Police said the home was found to be occupied, and the homeowner was arrested for felony cruelty to animals and gambling charges. Second District detectives will consult the prosecutor’s office for possible charges being filed against the other males.

The Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also been notified of the investigation, said police.

The incident is still under investigation.