ASPCA assists in removing more than 100 birds in Coatesville cockfighting case

Thursday, October 12, 2017

COATESVILLE -- At the request of the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC), the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is assisting with the removal of more than 100 birds from a property alleged to be associated with cockfighting in Hendricks County.

The ASPCA is also assisting local authorities with evidence collection, medical assessments and transportation of the birds to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location.

Upon arriving at the property, investigators found multiple roosters with physical alterations common in fighting birds, such as the removal of their combs and wattles. Cockfighting paraphernalia was also discovered on the property.

The ASPCA has assisted the IGC with three cockfighting investigations this year alone, including a February raid involving 100 birds in Pulaski County and a more recent case this summer in Marion County.

“Indiana citizens continue to take a stand against animal fighting by reporting suspected activity to us,” Superintendent Rob Townsend of the Indiana Gaming Commission said. “This investigation began with an anonymous tip, and we are pleased that we have been able to work with the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office and the ASPCA to shut down this operation.”

“The ASPCA is committed to stamping out this barbaric blood sport where birds are forced to fight while their owners profit from their torture,” Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, said. “The ASPCA is proud to lend its resources and expertise to the Indiana Gaming Commission to bring this cruel form of organized animal fighting to an end.”

During cockfights, birds commonly suffer from injuries including punctured lungs and broken bones. These injuries are often the result of knives and artificial gaffs — long, dagger-like attachments — hat are attached to the birds to maximize injury. In addition to animal cruelty, cockfighting is connected to other illegal crimes such as gambling and drugs.

In Indiana, conducting a cockfight, as well as the possession of birds for fighting, are Level 6 felonies, each punishable by six months to three years in a state prison, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to end cockfighting, visit

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals.

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  • Way to go, Banner Graphic!! (yes, that's sarcasm.)

    Why not print the rest of the story?

    You know - the part where you asked the owners of the birds for their statement...

    You could've reported that the persons involved are in their 60's (if not older) and have been raising birds for longer than some of you have been on earth.

    You could've reported that the persons involved WERE NOT ARRESTED.

    You could've reported that these birds were ILLEGALLY seized by the state on suspicion of illegal activity. (This is akin to asset forfeiture.)

    You could've reported that other than altered birds (which the owners claim are also common for show birds), and some questionable "paraphernalia" (this is a vague word always thrown around by LEOs to suggest illicit affairs w/o having to actually prove them.) there was NO SIGNS OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. Otherwise, they would've been arrested and charged.

    You could've reported that this was started by an anonymous tip.

    You could've reported on why the ASPCA is involved... b/c nothing gets your budget funded like showing that you are relevant.

    I will continue to believe that these folks are innocent until proven guilty and that they are the victims of government over-reach and outright theft by a collusion of Lew Enforcement and private animal-rights groups.

    -- Posted by AverageWhiteGuy on Mon, Oct 16, 2017, at 10:02 AM
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