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What do you do when you have to keep hundreds of roosters as evidence of a crime? Put 'em in jail. That's what one Arkansas sheriff decided to do after arresting over a hundred people suspected of participating in cockfighting. Now a court will have to decide what to do with the jailbirds while neighbors put up with the noise.
According to the ASPCA, cockfighting is "a blood sport in which two roosters specifically bred for aggression are placed beak to beak in a small ring and encouraged to fight to the death." The roosters are often outfitted with dagger-like accessories to inflict maximum injury on their opponents. Owners use a number of tactics to produce a winning bird, including practice fights and steroids. The barbaric practice often goes hand-in-hand with other crimes such as drugs, gambling, and gang activity, and it's illegal in every state.
On March 17, authorities in De Queen, Arkansas raided a cockfight and arrested 137 people in attendance. Multiple agencies participated in the raid which was an effort to close down an elaborate cockfighting operation that changed location every weekend.
Charges against those arrested range from unlawful animal fighting, which is a felony, to misdemeanors. Some of those arrested were there as spectators. Meanwhile, the roosters are being cared for by inmates at the jail (none of whom have been charged with cockfighting-related crimes).
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