La Crosse sheriff uncovers alleged cockfighting ring

CREATED Mar. 15, 2013

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LA CROSSE - The La Crosse Sheriff's Department is investigating what they are calling a cockfighting ring.

"An anonymous tip led La Crosse County sheriff’s investigators to W7109 Evans Valley Road on Wednesday where they found roosters locked inside wire cages and a room in a metal pole barn used for cockfights, according to a report," according to WKBT in La Crosse. "Blood and feathers were stuck to a wall. In a cabinet, they found pain medication, powder, tape and needles used to sew wounds."

According to the station, the property owner is a multi-cultural services liaison at Western Technical College, helping minority students on campus. There were 43 birds, two dogs and one goat seized. They are being held at a confidential location.

"In some cases, fights can last more than 30 minutes and can result in the death of one or both birds, the humane society states. Birds that escape death often suffer punctured lungs, broken bones and pierced eyes," according to WKBT.

Cock fighting in a felony in 39 states, including Wisconsin.