More than 400 deadly birds trained for cockfighting were in the care of law enforcement officials Wednesday after they were seized in a Lancaster raid.

“Personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control aided by members of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, responded to the location in order to examine and care for the animals,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.

“Several people were detained at the locations and although no arrests have been made at this time, the investigation is still ongoing,” the sheriff’s department said shortly after Tuesday morning’s raid.

Two search warrants were served by authorities in carrying out the anti-cockfighting enforcement action.

The fowl were seized in the 8800 block of Pillsbury Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which said the warrants were served as part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.

There were no additional details available about the people detained, nor where or when any cockfights had taken place.

— Staff and wire reports

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