Deputies bust cockfight in Johnson County

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Johnson County authorities busted a cockfight Saturday near Alvarado, seizing more than 100 birds, confiscating almost $3,000 in blood-splattered cash and arresting 12 people.

Deputies found 98 live birds in the 10000 block of County Road 514 in Johnson County, but one died later, and several had brutal wounds. Thirty-three birds were discovered dead on the property, including one that had been decapitated, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies went to the location shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday responding to a suspicious activity call.

As they walked to the residence, deputies observed several people running to their vehicles and driving away at high rates of speed.

Sheriff Bob Alford said some of the vehicles were seen driving onto neighboring property to get away.

Deputies managed to detain some of the people at the scene.

Nine people were arrested on suspicion of attending cockfighting, a class C misdemeanor.

Two people were taken into custody accused of cruelty to livestock animals, cockfighting and keeping a gambling place. The cruelty and cockfighting charges are state jail felonies, and the gambling charge is a class A misdemeanor.

A 14-year-old was detained and released to his aunt, authorities said.

Deputies also discovered $2,902 in cash and seized three vehicles.

Once they searched the property, deputies found a cockfighting arena in a makeshift building.

The live birds were taken to the Humane Society of North Texas. Four rabbits and two dogs seized on the property also were in the care of officials with the Humane Society.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,

817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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