- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) - Police have arrested 24 people involved in an alleged cockfighting ring in Tewksbury.

Police on Friday went to a home on Chandler Street for reports that people were gambling on cockfights.

Responding officers found gamecocks with spurs attached to them to inflict more damage to each other.

Forty-one-year-old Frank Castro, of Dorchester, and 40-year-old Janet Montanes, of Tewksbury, the alleged leaders of the fights, were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, keeping or promoting an animal fight and other crimes.

Eighteen gamecocks were seized from the home, five of which appeared to be severely injured.

Police arrested 22 participants for cruelty to animals and other crimes.

All suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

Online records didn’t list phone numbers for Montanes or Castro.

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