15 suspects arrested in cock fighting ring.

June 3, 2018

15 suspects arrested in cock fighting ring.

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HART TOWNSHIP — A total of 15 people were arrested on felony animal fighting charges Saturday, June 2, in connection to large cock fighting ring, according to the Hart post of the Michigan State Police.

Several suspects attempted to flee from the police in the densely wooded area.

“At the scene, there was a large rooster fighting ring along with 35 live roosters that were either in pens or actively fighting in the woods. There was also a large pit that contained the bodies of 10 dead roosters,” states an MSP press release.

“Troopers from the Hart post, along with the DNR, Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Oceana County Animal Control, Hart City Police Department, and Pentwater Police Department took a complaint of a possible large rooster fight/gambling activity in the area of Hart Township.

“Upon arrival at the suspected location, troopers located a large group of people, approximately 30 individuals, on scene who were participating in an illegal rooster fighting/gambling activity. When law enforcement contacted the large group, many attempted to flee the scene into the densely wooded area surrounding the venue. Many of the individuals who fled were located by troopers and local law enforcement on scene. An MSP K9 assisted at the scene and located six individuals a short distance away who were attempting to hide from law enforcement.”

A total of 16 vehicles that were on private property were impounded from the scene, and 15 suspects were lodged in the Oceana County Jail.

“This complaint is still being investigated by MSP Hart, and the names of the subjects arrested will not be released until they have been arraigned.”

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