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Chickens Removed From West Englewood Yard On Suspicions Of Cockfighting

June 08, 2019 - 12:07 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Dozens of chickens have been removed from a West Englewood backyard after allegations they have been used for cockfighting.

CBS News Chicago reported that more than 80 roosters and hens had been kept in unclean coops in a yard that was littered with debris that included doors and broken fencing.

According to CBS, Ald. Raymond Lopez, who represents the area where the house is located, said he took action Friday after neighbors alerted him to the problem. The owner, CBS said, had been taking away in handcuffs by authorities.

He called what was happening on the property "animal abuse."

“It’s abuse," he told CBS. "We have to stop it. It’s a felony in Illinois to fight animals like this. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law."

The Chicago Chicken Rescue has agreed to take the birds.