On Monday, an animal cruelty investigation in Lancaster by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department led to the discovery and rescue of more than 1,000 game fowl, and investigators say that the animals were being bred for cockfighting.

The animals were discovered at an unspecified location on the 6300 block of East Avenue E, Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said Thursday. Several people were detained and questioned, but no arrests were made at the time.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, cockfighting between roosters often results in a painful death for the animals. Even if they survive bouts, rooster handlers often allow injuries to go untreated or worse, throw the birds in the trash.

“Having animals fight to death along with letting them go untreated is not only cruel but often times goes hand-in-hand with gambling, drug-dealing and other illegal activities,” Koerner said Thursday.

Personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles have taken in the animals, but investigation continues, Koerner said.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the sheriff’s Community Partnerships Bureau at (323) 981-5300. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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