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Dozens of chickens seized; Virginia man arrested in cockfighting investigation

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Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 11:44:04-05

MANASSAS, Va. -- Authorities have arrested a northern Virginia man and seized more than 60 chickens as part of an investigation into an alleged cockfighting operation.

Prince William County Police announced Wednesday that 35-year-old Arwin Pingol of Manassas has been charged with 38 felony counts of animal fighting.

Police say they carried out a search warrant after receiving a tip and found 63 chickens at Pingol's home.

Police say the chickens were being prepared for fights and that cockfighting paraphernalia was also found on the property.

“The investigation further revealed that the chickens were being bred, raised, and housed on the property for the purposes of being shipped,” said a police spokesperson.

They do not believe any cockfighting occurred on the property.