BASTROP COUNTY, Texas -- The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office is investigating an alleged cockfighting ring.
Sheriff's deputies were called to an area in Bastrop County around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, after someone called to report roosters fighting.
Many people ran away from the scene when deputies arrived.
So far close to two dozen people have been identified and are under investigation.
They found 76 caged roosters and seized them from the area. They also found dozens of razor spurs, weighing scales and a dead rooster.
‘It had wounds in the area of its stomach,” said Sheriff's Department Spokesperson Sissy Jones.
No fighting between the birds was witnessed by deputies. No one has been arrested or issued a citation. The roosters are being cared for by animal experts. Due to the ongoing investigation, deputies refuse to say where they are being kept.
Cockfighting is popular in some areas of the state. Each year dozens of cockfighting rings are found and shut down.
“If we don't catch them in the act, it's very hard to prove your case,” Jones said. “We do still have to prove that there was a crime that occurred for these animals not to be returned to their owner.”
Jones says they're working to make sure in this case, if those involved are found guilty of a crime, they'll be punished to the fullest extent of the law.