YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Several chickens and instruments police say are used in cockfighting were taken from a home in Youngstown.
Police, armed with a search warrant, went to a house Wednesday on Forestview Drive where they found multiple chicken coops and 22 live roosters, according to a police report.
Police also seized nine trainers they say are used in cockfighting.
A bloody syringe and a bag of animal vitamins were also taken from the home.
Humane agents could not catch four other roosters.
Police cited Rogelio Rojas-Arzuaga for keeping and maintaining wild animals and livestock without a permit.
Earlier this month, an anonymous letter to Animal Charity led police to a suspected cockfighting ring in the city.
When police went to the home on Ives Street, they arrested Rogelio Rojas-Pena and Luis Rodriguez on drug charges.
Humane agents recovered nearly 50 roosters and hens, as well as a dog that was chained outside in the cold. The dog was taken to Animal Charity and the birds were taken to an animal sanctuary in Ravenna.
Rojas-Pena and Rodriguez remain in Mahoning County Jail on those drug charges.
Humane agents are expected to file animal cruelty charges as well.