By 9News Staff8:44am Mar 12, 2021https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.446.1_en.html#goog_392972310Play VideoPolice seize hundreds of roosters in illegal cockfighting investigation
Police and RSPCA inspectors have seized 540 roosters in Sydney as part of an investigation into an illegal cockfighting ring.The birds were confiscated after a raid on a property at at Horsley Park in the city’s west yesterday.Authorities found more than 540 fighting cockerels, roosters and chickens, as well as cockfighting paraphernalia.READ MORE:Koala survives attack that left her with horrific injuries
A crime scene was set up and will be maintained at the property today while RSPCA inspectors safely remove the animals.A man was detained by police and spoken to at the property before being released.The operation was part of an extensive police investigation into animal cruelty offences in Sydney’s south-west.
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A 56-year-old man was taken into the custody of the Department of Home Affairs over his visa status, while 34 men were detained at the scene.The 34 men are next due to appear in court on April 1 over animal cruelty charges.Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or at CrimeStoppers.com.au