September 6, 20185:55 PM ET
Updated Friday at 9:55 a.m. ET
Police seized 20 pit bulls and about 1,500 hens and roosters, many of which were destined for fighting, from a home in western Wisconsin.
The dogs and birds were “living in deplorable conditions,” according to a joint statement issued Thursday by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“You could tell they were used for fighting,” Sheriff Nancy Hove told NPR.
Officers found the dogs with scars and injuries. They were attached to heavy chains, “almost logging chains.”
The roosters’ feet were cut, indicating razor blades had been attached to their feet, Hove said. Agents also found a square, wooden box – a fighting ring set up in one of the barns.
Two people who were living in the property, Houa Dia Yang and Senyen Vang, are in custody. It is unclear who ran the dogfighting and cockfighting operations or for how long.