Police discovered a man dead in his home Wednesday and, in his basement, 16 chickens that were apparently used for cockfighting.
Police and firefighters conducting a well-being check Wednesday morning discovered a man dead in his West Side home in the 1500 block of North Kolin Avenue.
Animal Care and Control removed the fowl.
Police News Affairs Officer Michael Fitzpatrick denied published reports that the animals were being used for fighting, saying they appeared healthy and there was no indication of fighting in the police report.
If no one claims the chickens for seven days, they'll become city property, the Chicago Tribune explained. The city will then make arrangements to transfer them to someone who can find them a home.
A neighbor called police after noticing the man's car had not been moved since Saturday.
An autopsy on the unidentified man is scheduled for Thursday. Police are conducting a death investigation.