Police smash canary-fighting ring

Regular readers of our print edition may remember that we ran a story in our August 6 issue about a canary-fighting ring being smashed in the US. 

Yes, you read that right: a canary-fighting ring. 

Police confiscated more than 150 canaries and saffron finches that were apparently being primed for bird fighting, along with $US8,000 in cash, after a raid on a suburban house in Shelton, Connecticut on July 26. A total of 19 people were charged with cruelty to animals and illegal gambling.

Here's how one US TV station covered the story.