Hundreds of birds rescued in Massachusetts cockfighting bust


Nearly 400 birds bred for cockfighting were rescued from a Northampton, Mass. property late last week. 

According to MSPCA Spokesperson Rob Halpin, the birds were rescued after police secured a warrant to raid the buildings located at the Ravenwold Greenhouses at 1095 Florence Road in Northampton.

Halpin said the vast majority of the birds rescued from were roosters purposefully bred for cockfighting. 

The birds were taken to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, where they are being housed individually due to their extreme aggressiveness.

Halpin told 22News unfortunately nearly all the roosters will need to be euthanized, as they would kill or attack any other bird or animal nearby.

However, there are 150 hens and chicks the MSPCA is trying to save by evaluating sanctuary or adoptive home options for the birds.

He said this is the largest cockfighting bust in MSPCA history, and has caused the MSPCA Nevins Farm barn to close this week to public access.

The birds will be monitored daily by the Methuen police department.

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