More than 50 arrested at Texas cockfight

POSTED: 9:43 AM Jun 11 2013   UPDATED: 2:07 PM Jun 11 2013
SILSBEE, Texas (AP) -

More than 50 people have been arrested at a cockfight in Southeast Texas.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain said Tuesday that deputies responding to a call about dogs possibly fighting located the cockfighting ring 10 miles north of  Silsbee.

Cain said 51 people were charged with a misdemeanor attending a cockfight following Saturday's incident. A man living on the property was charged with organizing a cockfight. Cain says deputies found 15 dead roosters and about 60 others still alive.
The sheriff said it's not illegal to have roosters - it's just against the law to fight them. Cain said the roosters can be reclaimed by the owner.
Investigators believe the cockfighting ring had been operating for at least a year.
Silsbee is about 90 miles northeast of Houston.