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Over 600 Animals Rescued from Animal Fighting Ring in Southern Indiana

Those animals included over 550 birds and 10 dogs. They were found shortly after police got a search warrant. 

MORGAN COUNTY, Ind.-- Nearly 600 animals were rescued from an animal fighting ring in both Morgan and Owen County Thursday. 

Those animals included over 550 birds and 10 dogs. They were found shortly after police got a search warrant. 

Investigators arrested Martin James Anderson on a warrant for purchasing an animal for the purpose of animal fighting. 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said the dogs were tied to heavy chains and housed in a manner consistent with dog fighting. 

They also believe roosters there were found with physical alterations commonly associated with cockfighting.

The animals have been taken to temporary shelters at undisclosed locations, where they will be taken care of by ASPCA veterinary and behavior experts until custody is determined by the court.

If Anderson is convicted, he faces over two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

(PHOTO: WISH TV) 

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