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Cockfighting Raid in Starke County Nets 145 Birds, 76 Arrested

February 27, 2011

02/28/11 The Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrested 76 people Saturday morning after officers raided an animal fighting contest in Knox, police say.

Just before 11 a.m., police responded to an anonymous tip that 50 people were participating in an animal fighting contest in the North Judson area, at 100 W, south of State Road 8.

When police arrived, multiple people fled on foot and abandoned fighting cock paraphernalia and several vehicles parked in the area.

Police apprehended over 70 suspects after running through muddy fields, ice-covered ditches and wooded areas. Officers found other suspects hiding in ditches and hollowed-out trees. One juvenile that was harbored by an adult was found without shoes. The juvenile was taken to Starke Memorial Hospital and treated for frostbite.

Police say they arrested a person who was described as a Hispanic male for organizing the event, and many others were arrested for promoting animal fighting and attending. It is a class A misdemeanor to attend an animal fighting contest and it is a Class D felony to promote the use of animals or attendance at an animal fighting contest.

145 fighting cocks were seized and transported to the Starke County Humane Society for euthanization.

Officers also obtained and served a search warrant seizing 13 firearms, 29 vehicles, drug paraphernalia, and cock fighting paraphernalia.

Those arrested traveled from various states including Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.

The incident is under investigation.

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One Response to “ Cockfighting Raid in Starke County Nets 145 Birds, 76 Arrested ”

  1. Jack on February 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Has Michael Vick changed jobs again?