JEROME, Idaho — Idaho deputies who had been searching a house on a warrant for a zoning issue found about 170 neglected chickens at the residence.

The Times-News reports ( ) the roosters, chicks and hens had been found Thursday. Some of the chickens are believed to have been used in cockfights.

The discovery had come the same day a Gooding man had been in court for a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of organizing a cockfight earlier this year.

It’s currently unknown if the discovery in Jerome is connected in any way to the Gooding case.

A detective says the sheriff’s office does have suspects, but nobody is in custody.

Information from: The Times-News,

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