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    Police Bust Suspected Cockfighting Ring
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    Police busted an alleged cockfighting ring in New Britain on Saturday, seized one badly injured rooster as well as several other roosters and hens, and arrested 10 adults and a teenage boy.

    Police said they responded to 288-290 Maple St. in New Britain to investigate an anonymous complaint about a possible large cock-fighting ring in the basement and found several roosters squawking and what sounded like a people cheering in the basement, police said.

    The officers then saw two roosters fighting in a cordoned off and people cheering, police said.

    "There were numerous cages built into the walls they had a fighting ring set up appeared to be blood present," Captain Thomas Steck of New Britain Police said.

    The officers seized 26 roosters, including one that was severely injured, two hens, more than $7,000 in cash and more than 80 bags of heroin.

    The news came as a shock to Tiffany Chislom, who was dropping her son off to play at the home Monday night.

    "As a mother yeah it worries me," Chislom said. "I need to talk to the parent and find out because they never told me anything. It is really shocking."

    Police arrested 10 adults and charged them with animal cruelty and risk of injury to a minor.
    A 15-year-old boy suspected of being involved was referred to juvenile court.

    Carlos Talavera, 52, of New Britain; Daniel Dejesus, 32, of Hartford; Agustin Vazquez, 45, of Hartford; Benito Serrano, 24, of Hartford; Carlos Figueroa, 53, of Wharton, New Jersey; Isaias Ramos, 21, of Manchester; Pilar Figueroa, 48, of Freeland, Pennsylvania; Samuel Ortiz, 39, of East Hartford; and Isaias Roman, 79, of New Haven, were charged with cruelty to animals and risk of injury.

    All were released on bond and are due in court on Feb. 18, except for Pilar Figueroa who will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on Monday.

    The birds are being held at a private facility as they undergo testing for disease.

    "We believe they were imported from Puerto Rico so the Department of Agriculture becomes involved to test for bird flu and things like that," Captain Steck said.