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Authorities break up major cockfighting ring in northwest Ohio; 52 people cited
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, May 5, 2014 6:42 AM EDT
Authorities in northwest Ohio say they've broken up a cockfighting ring.
Deputies who responded to a report of gunshots fired found people running away from a barn where the roosters were found. They also found $1,500 in cash.
The misdemeanor citations included animal-fighting or being a spectator. Deputies said the people at the barn were from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
The Humane Society of the United States says cockfighting is a centuries-old sport in which two or more specially bred birds are placed in an enclosed pit to fight as spectators wager.