Police, animal welfare officials break up cock-fighting ring in Howell Township

Police and animal welfare officials have broken up a cock-fighting ring in Monmouth County.

Howell police say they made a routine traffic stop and found a rooster in the car. The SPCA and police raided a farm on Browns Road where the man told investigators he bought the bird. According to officials, 1,100 roosters trained to kill were found with accoutrements associated with cock fighting.

SPCA officials say all of the roosters have to be euthanized because they are trained to kill anything they are put in population with. Police are waiting for a court order to give them permission to kill the birds.

Three men have been arrested and will face several charges that could put them in jail.

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