Cockfighting ring plucked out of Memphis neighborhood

Wednesday, residents of North Memphis reacted strongly to the news that an animal fighting ring was operating in their neighborhood.
Wednesday, residents of North Memphis reacted strongly to the news that an animal fighting ring was operating in their neighborhood.

(WMC-TV) - Authorities in Memphis have busted what is being call an animal fighting ring.

Wednesday, residents of North Memphis reacted strongly to the news that an animal fighting ring was operating in their neighborhood.

"I'm very, very surprised," Constance Looney said. "Very much so."

According to court records, the raid was carried out in an abandoned building next to a junk yard in the 1800 block of Warford in Memphis. There, authorities seized five fighting roosters, along with various medications and syringes.

"I've seen roosters, goats and horses," Looney said. "I've seen sheep. There's lot of animals over there."

Authorities have not released many details about the bust due to an ongoing investigation. However, Looney could not imagine who would commit such an illegal act, and why.

"What's the use in fighting chickens, cocks and things like that? It doesn't make any sense," she said.

Looney wants tougher laws to be implemented to protect innocent animals.

"There's still dog fighting," she said. "I'm sure they're fighting any other animal they think will be aggressive enough to fight. I don't think the laws are strong enough. They need stronger laws about animal fighting and things like that."

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