- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMERY, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have seized nearly 1,200 birds as they break up an alleged cockfighting ring in western Wisconsin.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is helping authorities remove the birds from four properties in Polk and St. Croix counties.

Authorities executed search warrants to seize the birds Tuesday morning. The ASPCA says cockfighting paraphernalia was discovered on the properties, including a fighting pit and gaffs - long, dagger-like attachments used to maximum injury to birds.

Investigators found roosters, hens and chicks living in cages or makeshift enclosures, some without food or water. The ASPCA says some birds appeared to be injured from fighting, while others had their combs and wattles removed.

Two people were arrested in Polk County. No immediate arrests were made in St. Croix County.

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