3 arrested after suspected cockfighting ring bust

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BREMEN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police say local, state and federal authorities raided suspected cockfighting breeders in northern Indiana and charged three people.

A news release from state police on Sunday says search warrants were served simultaneously on Saturday night in Elkhart and Marshall counties.

Police say they received an anonymous tip that gamecocks were being raised for use in fighting events. More than 200 birds were discovered. Their care was turned over to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and an animal anti-cruelty society.

The three people arrested will face charges, including felony possession of animals used for fighting.

Cockfighting is banned in all 50 U.S. states. A typical fight can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and typically results in the death of one or both birds.

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