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Deputies break up suspected rooster fighting ring

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Deputies in Bastrop County have busted an alleged cockfighting operation.

Sunday, around 11 a.m. the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office received a call about cockfighting going on at a property off Highway 290 East outside Elgin. When deputies arrived on scene they found 76 roosters.

"They were all inside their cages," said Bastrop County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sissy Jones. "They were not currently fighting at the time we arrived there. So, in other words, the burden of proof of proving they were actually fighting at the time is a little harder for us."

As of Monday afternoon, no one had been arrested. When deputies got to the property Sunday, several people fled, but investigators were able to detain some who may have been involved. Pictures form the Bastrop County Sheriff's office show a large wooden pen that had been built on the property. Jones told reporters that one of the roosters was dead with injuries consistent with cockfighting.

"We did also find a number of razor spurs which are used to tie on to the feet of the roosters to cause further injuries to their opponent," said Jones.

She adds that scales were also found. Deputies are still investigating and say this could be a serious case of animal cruelty with possible felony charges.

"Just because these are roosters and most people don't have roosters as a pet doesn't mean it's that less cruel."

The roosters are being kept at an undisclosed location in order to protect them from possible thieves. A judge will decide if the roosters will be taken into county custody, euthanized or returned to the owner. Suspects could face felony charges with fines up to $10,000.

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