The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has stopped an alleged cockfighting ring near Windsor, Ont., and two people have been charged.

Justin Irvine and Scott Hamilton, both from Tecumseh, are among the first people charged under the newly revised Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

They are accused of owning equipment used in animal fighting after a search of a residence in May found roosters on the property outfitted with knives on their legs.

The equipment was seized and several days later, so were the birds.

Staff at the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society had hoped to save the birds, but two veterinarians determined the roosters needed to be euthanized for humane reasons.

Nancy McCabe from the humane society said trained cockfighting roosters are extremely aggressive and the veterinarians could not find any way to rehabilitate the badly damaged birds.

Cockfighting is an illegal activity that involves training birds to fight one another in a confined area, with wagers usually placed on the outcome.