Authorities break-up cockfighting ring

By Charles Herrington -  Bio | Email

RUNNELSTOWN, MS (WDAM) - More than one dozen people were arrested at a private residence near Runnelstown Saturday night when authorities broke-up an illegal cockfighting ring.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said 15 to 20 people were issued misdemeanor citations for illegally fighting roosters in a large chicken coop at a residence at 94 Daughtery Hill Road. Sheriff Smith said the investigation is incomplete and did not release the names of those ticketed.

Sheriff Smith said deputies from his department and officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks conducted the raid without incident at about 8:45 p.m.  A search warrant had been issued based on a tip to law enforcement.

Sheriff Smith said the suspects were "caught in the act" and were fighting more than one dozen roosters. He said all of the birds had been outfitted with metal spurs to make their blows more deadly.

Sheriff Smith said some of those arrested could also face gambling and animal cruelty charges.

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