Pigeons have been found in a dumpster at a western Indiana freeway rest area for the third time.
The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that about 51 pigeons were discovered early Monday morning along Interstate 65 near Wolcott. Five were already dead.
The birds were also found in February at the rest area.
Before that, an Indiana State Police trooper found 57 pigeons in cardboard boxes in December at the rest stop in White County, about 85 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
Police previously said the pigeons may have been used in races in which bets are placed on when the birds will arrive at their roosts after being released elsewhere.
Police said the pigeons found in December were unable to fly when they were recovered due to their poor condition.