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Birds seized in cockfighting bust may be put down

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:06pm

TYLER - After a cockfighting bust that lasted until nearly daylight Saturday morning, no one was arrested on Primera road near Tyler.

Many are looking for a crackdown on the bloody sport.

Deborah Dobbs with the SPCA of East Texas says when she walked up after SWAT had secured the location, she saw 20 hispanic males kneeling at gunpoint.

Then, she saw the bloody aftermath of cockfighting.

She also says CPS was there speaking with 2 small children - apparently proud to be gambling on the birds.

The Humane Society of the United States has been investigating cockfights in East Texas for over a year.

Dobbs says even prostitution is a problem at these events.

44 roosters were seized Friday night. 6 had to be put down immediately because of severe injuries.

And now the rest are at the East Texas fairgrounds waiting on the courts to decide their fate.

"These animals cannot be re-domesticated back into a farm setting. So the tragedy for me is that they will probably all likely have to be destroyed...and no one was arrested," Dobbs said.

The Humane Society of the United States is supporting a bill that would crack down on cockfighting in Texas.

If legislation like that had been in place Friday night, Dobbs said everyone present would have been arrested.


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