More than 30 arrested in Nebraska cockfighting ring

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A major cockfighting ring was broken up in Nebraska. More than 30 people face felony charges, while the roosters face an uncertain future.

More than 180 live roosters are in the care of the Nebraska Humane Society.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said all of them were on a farm along Highway 50 in Louisville.

“Once you enter the building, you were able to readily tell, that that was where the fighting was taking place. They had a ring set up, and cages, and various other items,” said Sgt. Karl Boehm of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

It was a ring meant for cockfighting, according to the Humane Society.

“We found spurs, that are like razor blades, attached to the claws of the birds, during the cockfight,” said Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society. 

They say people tried to run Saturday afternoon, but deputies, troopers, and officers rounded them up and arrested them.

There were a total of 32 men and women.

“By far the most organized and biggest operation that we’ve ever had here at the Nebraska Humane Society,” said Langan. 

“I don’t think anybody else has been around when we’ve had that large scale, that amount of arrests at one time,” said Boehm

Cockfighting is a felony in Nebraska and could carry up to five years in prison.

Investigators want to know how long the ring was in operation.

“This was a classic location for cockfighting to happen. Rural area, a barn off a main road, couldn’t really see it from the main road. So, we’re not surprised that this happened,” Langan said. 

The sheriff’s office says the property owners told them they had no clue why so many people were in the barn.

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