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Animal Welfare Groups Applaud San Jacinto County Sheriffs’ Deputies for 19 Arrests at ‘Large-scale Cockfighting Arena’

This operation, like all cockfighting arenas, also included drugs, dead animals

Washington, D.C. — Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy applaud San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies for making 19 arrests after finding about 300 people at a largescale cockfighting operation at a residence in the county. Officers also confiscated 96 roosters seized from vehicles, cages, and transport boxes.

“We applaud the San Jacinto County Sheriffs’ Office and U.S. Customs Officials for continuing to investigate an illegal cockfighting operation raided on Oct. 15,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action.  “These knife fights involving animals are like so many other spectacles of cruelty — bound up with other crimes, including illegal aliens participating in this mayhem in East Texas.”

roosters fighting

According to reports, deputies found a cockfighting arena, and various items of gambling paraphernalia, including a dry erase board which indicated 44 fights had already taken place. Deputies also found several dozen dead roosters, and several live roosters were found still wearing gaffs (razor-sharp blades attached to their legs) in their cages.

Other items seized: gaffs, vitamins, steroids, syringes, food and cages, as well as 43 vehicles, four trailers, five pistols, some marijuana and more than $22,000.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted regarding the arrest of subjects suspected to be undocumented immigrants.

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) whose mission is to help animals by promoting laws and regulations at federal, state and local levels that forbid cruelty to all animals. The group also works to enforce existing anti-cruelty and wildlife protection laws. Animal Wellness Action believes helping animals helps us all. Twitter: @AWAction_News

Center for a Humane Economy is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to help animals by helping forge a more humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both. The Center believes helping animals helps us all. Twitter: @TheHumaneCenter