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Thursday, January 19, 2012

140 roosters cockfighting ring

140 roosters cockfighting ring
140 roosters cockfighting ring - Roosters rescued in cockfighting bust, Investigators in South Texas raided a cockfighting ring and removed 140 roosters. More than 70 people were cited and more than 20 people fled the scene. Officials say when the investigation is complete they expect to arrest 15 to 20 people.

Legal Loopholes Help Cockfighting Thrive in Texas
Cockfighting is apparently still huge in Texas, despite being illegal for decades and being extremely cruel and all that. The Texas Tribune tagged along with officers from Dallas Animal Services as they busted up a "medium-sized" cockfighting ring.
Undercover informants from the Humane Society say the sport attracts prostitution rings, drug dealers and, obviously, gambling operations. In Texas, the penalties for cockfighting can range from six months to two years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000, but that hasn't exactly curbed its popularity. From the paper:
One by one, Domanick Muñoz pulled bloody and battered rooster bodies out of a pile of feathers, claws and beaks. The birds that were still gasping for life he put out of their misery, plunging a syringe of drugs into their gouged and lacerated bellies. Animal-cruelty officers with Dallas Animal Services took those that were already dead and gingerly placed them into large, black plastic garbage bags.

Nearby, Sgt. Alfred Nuñez of the Dallas police surveyed abandoned cars, empty beer bottles, boxes of razor blades, syringes, liquor bottles, marijuana and dozens of cages and makeshift coops with roosters inside. "This is one huge mess," he said over the cacophony of crowing birds.

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