Some 36 birds were turned over to the Georgia Department of Agriculture and 10 people were arrested Saturday during a rooster fighting operation in Banks County.
"Rooster-fighting is a cruel and criminal offense that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes," said Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed.
The crackdown began Saturday morning as the Banks County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a field off of Marion Cape Road in Maysville, where the rooster owners were watching the birds fight when they were taken into custody by deputies.
The roosters are believed to have been injected with performance-enhancing drugs and fitted with razor-sharp spurs to tear each other apart in a small pen surrounded by spectators.
Agriculture officials advised deputies that it appeared that the roosters exhibited the telltale physical signs of having been bred, trained and altered for fighting. Fighting equipment was also found in a barn, including bandages used to attach sharp spurs to the birds. Weapons and money was seized during the arrest.
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