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Over 1,300 animals taken from home in Pierce County associated with dogfighting and cockfighting

PIERCE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The ASPCA is assisting the Pierce County Sheriff's Office to remove over 1,3000 animals from a property associated with dog and cockfighting in Gilman.

A search warrant on August 30 found the animals living in deplorable conditions. Dogs were tied to heavy chains and had scars and injuries associated with fighting and roosters had physical alterations associated with cockfighting. 

The animals are being transported to shelters to receive care and treatment.

In Wisconsin, engaging in animal fighting, which includes possession of dogs or roosters for the purpose of fighting, is a Class I felony for first offenders, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to 3.5 years. A second offense is a class H felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to 6 years. 

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