No medical research in South Texas cockfighting

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Authorities are investigating a South Texas cockfighting ring whose owners allegedly claimed the bird battles were for medical research.

KGBT-TV (http://bit.ly/1ijYSSY ) on Tuesday reported Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says warrants are being secured for the cockfight organizers. The sheriff also says there's no evidence to support any type of medical research and cockfighting.

Deputies on Saturday night targeted an Edinburg warehouse where cockfights drew about 100 spectators. The owners allegedly told deputies that the rooster fights were being held for medical research purposes.

Dozens of spectators fled but deputies nabbed more than 50 people and cited them on misdemeanor charges — being a spectator at an illegal cockfight.

Deputies seized cockfighting equipment, 21 rooster carcasses and 78 live birds that were taken to an animal shelter.

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Information from: KGBT-TV, http://www.valleycentral.com

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