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More than 50 arrested at Texas cockfight

Published On: Jun 11 2013 09:43:16 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 11 2013 02:07:45 PM CDT

SILSBEE, Texas (AP) -

More than 50 people have been arrested at a cockfight in Southeast Texas.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain said Tuesday that deputies responding to a call about dogs possibly fighting located the cockfighting ring 10 miles north of  Silsbee.

Cain said 51 people were charged with a misdemeanor attending a cockfight following Saturday's incident. A man living on the property was charged with organizing a cockfight. Cain says deputies found 15 dead roosters and about 60 others still alive.
    
The sheriff said it's not illegal to have roosters - it's just against the law to fight them. Cain said the roosters can be reclaimed by the owner.
    
Investigators believe the cockfighting ring had been operating for at least a year.
    
Silsbee is about 90 miles northeast of Houston.