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Police seize 22 roosters in cockfighting probe

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 35-year-old Weston man ran a cockfighting ring out of his home, leading police to seize 22 roosters, including some that were missing their wattles and feathers and had duct tape around their feet, according to a criminal complaint.

Bee Her was charged Monday with seven felonies involving animal fighting, gambling and mistreatment of animals causing death, online Marathon County Circuit Court records said. A warrant for Her's arrest was issued Tuesday.

The criminal complaint said an investigation started a year ago with an anonymous letter detailing possible criminal activity - "cockfighting, illegal gambling and a possible prostitution ring" - at a video games company that Her owned.

Investigators searched the Schofield business in late January, seizing four gambling machines and several ledgers documenting amounts owed, borrowed and paid to customers, the complaint said.

A search of Her's home found a chicken coop with nearly 50 chickens plus more evidence of gambling, the complaint said.

A veterinarian who saw some police pictures of the roosters said the birds' appearance was not consistent with molting, as described by someone at Her's home, the complaint said. "It appeared to be repeated wounds that have created a thickening of the skin," the complaint said.

The veterinarian told investigators there was "enough evidence to strongly suggest game and gamble cockfighting," the complaint said.

The criminal complaint indicates police found no evidence of the prostitution ring that the anonymous letter mentioned.
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