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Alleged Texas cockfighting ring raided

DALLAS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Police in Texas say they raided an alleged cockfighting operation in a Dallas suburb and arrested several people after a tip to the local Humane Society.

Police say about 75 people fled the scene as police arrived Saturday, leaving behind 100 roosters, 30 to 40 of which were dying, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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"The injuries we witnessed were horrific," the Humane Society's John Goodwin said. "Birds had stab wounds that were an inch to an inch and a half deep. I picked up a bird that bled out in my hand."

Staging cockfights is a felony in Texas, Humane Society officials said, and first- and second-time offenders face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

However, Goodwin said, attending a cockfight is not illegal in Texas.

Texas legislators are working to close loopholes in the law, the Morning News reported.

"Until then, it'll continue to be a widespread problem," Goodwin said.

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