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60 roosters confiscated after anonymous tip

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

An anonymous tip lead to the confiscation of 60 fighting roosters in Goodlettsville on Saturday.

Police responded to a home on South Dickerson Pike where there has reportedly been a large amount of vehicle traffic.

"What they found by their own admission was an operation that was training roosters for fighting," said Chief Gary Goodwin.

Animal control agents ultimately seized 60 fighting roosters, some of which were badly injured.

"There are a couple that have their combs cut off. That way, the opposing rooster can't grab his comb and hold him down to fight. This happens a lot in Davidson County and people don't realize it," said Billy Biggs with Metro Animal Control.

Authorities said the birds have been fought inside a ring, as evidenced by loose feathers all around and certain injuries they sustained.

According to Chief Goodwin, there was no evidence of cock fighting at the time of the raid, so the men can only be cited for training the roosters, a misdemeanor offense.

"Basically they were of Cuban descent and didn't feel, culturally, they were doing anything wrong. Basically they said they trained them and they were not involved in the fighting themselves," Chief Goodwin explained.

Fighting roosters is legal in Cuba, but not in the United States.

Metro Animal Control took the roosters from the residence. They were deemed as unadoptable and had to be destroyed.

Officials say they will discuss the situation with the District Attorney to see if animal cruelty charges are warranted.

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