Target: ASPCA Vice President, Tim Rickey, Fort Wayne Animal Care Specialist Melissa North and Officer Erika Hedge
Goal: Thank animal care workers for assisting in the shut down of an alleged cockfighting ring.
Law enforcement in Wisconsin arrested three brothers that were allegedly in connection with four cockfighting rings. Before heading to the areas, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) enlisted the help of two employees from Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control who ended up travelling to Wisconsin to participate in the investigation. The two specialists were known for their extensive training in animal handling and crime scene processing.
A tip led authorities and their animal specialists, Officer Erika Hedge and Animal Care Specialist Melissa North, from Polk and St. Croix counties to rural areas where the illegal fights were allegedly taking place. They were able to remove over 1,000 roosters, hens, and chickens in cages that did not appear to have any food or water in sight. Some birds were injured and others had their combs (a fleshy growth on top of their head) removed. They also found cockfighting paraphernalia and fighting gear. They gathered a lot of evidence that exhibited that the birds were used for fighting. Numerous law enforcement agencies helped locate the birds, which were found at four areas in two different counties.
Cockfighting holds a penalty of six months to two and a half years along with a fine of up to $10,000. Authorities are currently examining the birds and providing them with medical care.
Please sign this petition to thank the ASPCA and the animal care officers for helping uncover and shut down these Wisconsin cockfighting rings.
Dear Tim Rickey, Melissa North, and Officer Erika Hedge,
Cockfighting is illegal in many countries around the world. Even though people can be heavily fined or serve jail time for holding them, many are still willing to take that risk. Cockfighting is one of the cruelest acts of animal abuse because it is used as a form of entertainment.
Roosters and chickens should no be raised and trained to fight to their deaths. Thank you for rescuing all of the birds from their filthy areas that the three suspects kept them in. It is sad to know that these animals were left with such careless people. We are thankful that they have been arrested and the 1,000 birds were taken in for medical care.
[Your Name Here]
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