Four boys have been arrested and booked into a juvenile detention center for brutally beating a kitten to death earlier this month, police said.
CLEVELAND - Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary rescues and nurses abused animals from all over the Midwest. But the size of a rooster fighting operation in a Cleveland neighborhood surprised even them.
"This is probably one of the bigger ones, bigger operations are 40 to 45 birds," said Annette Fisher, Executive Director of Happy Trails.
On Friday, workers and volunteers moved 42 roosters from the Cleveland Kennel to the animal sanctuary in Ravenna. Over the weekend, Cleveland police raided the fight ring inside a house on West 30th in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood.
Fight organizers taped razor blades to the roosters' feet, since that's what the animals used to fight. Some shoot the roosters up with steroids, animal experts said.
Farm animals, like roosters, are also used to train dogs for fights.
Since many of the rooster fights generate gambling, winning roosters can be resold for big cash, up to $5,000 per bird.
Operating a dog fighting operation is a felony in Ohio, but rooster and farm animal fighting is still just a misdemeanor.
The suspect in this case has pleaded not guilty.
Happy Trails has a fundraiser Saturday March 9 at the Acker-Moore Memorial Post Banquet Hall at 3733 Fishcreek Rd. in Stow. The Art Barn event is $20 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres. Items up for sale include art, pottery, photography, jewelry and antiques donated by local artists.
A sick kitten is being nursed back to health after being found in a trash bag.
Two dogs rescued from a car parked downtown early Thursday morning have been returned to their owners.
A Stow man was booked into police custody after he was accused of shooting a dog to death.
The man who stabbed his neighbor's dog to death in Amherst will spend the next four months behind bars.
More than 120 cats and dogs were found inside two Geagua County houses. Now, Rescue Village needs to find new homes for the animals.
Akron police are looking for a man they say choked his girlfriend and broke a kitten's neck.
A puppy is euthanized after a firework explodes in the animal's mouth, prompting an animal cruelty investigation.
North Ridgeville city officials expect a big turnout at the city council meeting Monday night after five kittens were shot last week.
The North Ridgeville community is outraged by a human officer's decision to shoot five feral kittens in the backyard of a home Sunday.