Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Massive Cock Fighting Ring Busted

Whitfield County Deputies bust a massive cock fighting ring involving nearly a hundred people.

The Whitfield County Sheriff says he's never seen a cock fighting ring this large. His deputies found fifteen dead roosters on the scene and eighteen that appeared ready to fight - all for money.

"All around the front here they were just lined up," Hilda Gaston points to the road in front of her house.

Gaston is showing us where twenty-five or thirty cars lined the road this weekend.

"And then whenever the Deputies kept coming I thought oh lord there must be something bad wrong," Gaston says.

Gaston watched Whitfield County Deputies converge on the property on Bellwood Drive - so today we made the same trip. At first glance the property seems normal with two tailors and a single pen with a rooster inside. But if you cross the field next to the tailor you'll

find an old chicken house concealed by thick brush and trees.

Our crew walked through the brush and found the chicken house where deputies say that the chicken fighting ring took place. Deputies say after they arrived on the scene eighty to one hundred people took off running into the woods.

"But they were able to take about seven individuals into custody, did find a number of dead carcasses and did find a number of chickens who were prepared to fight or had already fought," Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says.

A fight that left plenty of carnage. It didn't take us long to discover a number of dead rooster carcasses scattered along the side of the chicken house. Inside, we noticed several of the blood sport's survivors strutting inside of the ring - better known as the cockpit.

"I don't like that, I love animals and I wouldn't, I don't approve of it," Gaston says.

Deputies arrested and charged Adolfo Perez and Octavio Aguilar along with four other men and two juveniles. All six face aggravated cruelty to animal charges, charges which cut Gaston the wrong way after the roosters waged war inside of the walls in the chicken house.

"It's cruel, it's cruel, dog fighting, chicken fighting, I even think boxing is cruel," Gaston says.

Besides the aggravated cruelty to animals charge, all of the men arrested also face gambling and obstruction of officers charges as well.

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