Authorities seize roosters in Newark

NEWARK — Officials seized multiple roosters and arrested at least one man at a cockfighting operation early Sunday in Newark’s North Ward, authorities confirmed.

Police were investigating inside a social club on North 6th Street, near Franklin Street, late Saturday night into early Sunday. Police and humane society officials later removed boxes of live roosters from the building as some of the birds clucked while being brought to an animal rescue van.

Preliminary reports said at least 30 birds were removed, according to officials. A police spokesman confirmed authorities were investigating cockfighting at the scene.

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Police also appeared to be searching the area in a patrol car and officers were using flashlights to check a rooftop next to the club. One man was taken away in the back of a city police car.

In addition to Newark police, New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals police were working at the scene along with Associated Humane Societies officers.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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