A Massachusetts barbershop has been closed after city inspectors discovered chickens, pigeons and roosters – including one dead bird – in the basement of Bad Boyz Cutz, surrounded by religious paraphernalia.

The owner of the barbershop, William Camacho, told officials that the birds were for animal sacrifices and claims that closing his shop amounted to religious discrimination.

The animals were found in an inspection of the building by New Bedford Animal Control following an anonymous tip complaining of loud poultry-type sounds coming from the building.

The birds — three chickens, two pigeons and four roosters — were penned in wire cages and a cardboard box. They were found in a room with an ornate alter with candles and statues near a wall illustrated with hand-drawn religious symbols.

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