Police Bust Alleged Cock-Fighting Ring
Posted October 27, 1997
COATS — Law enforcement in Harnett County say they have put an end fo what they say was a large cock fighting ring. A total of 34 people face charges today after deputies practically stumbled onto a cock fight near the town of Coats.
Police found about 24 roosters and took them to the Harnett County animal shelter. A judge will determine what will be done with the animals. Deputies say it is possible they did not catch everyone involved in the operation, since they came upon the scene unexpectedly.
Animal Control officer Wayne Faircloth says he has never seen such a large operation where the fowl were raised strictly for fighting.
Deputies also recovered spurs, money and scales -- all signs of a cock fighting operation. In the same home, deputies found a liquor still.
Harnett County Sheriff Larry Knott says the operation appeared to be very professional.
Deputies say they don't know how many cock fights may have taken place. Charges related to cock fighting include only fines, up to $500, but animal control officers and deputies say that taking the 24 roosters was a good step.
Deputies had gone to the house to make an arrest on a charge unrelated to the cock fighting or the still.
Reporter:Terri Gruca Photographer:Michael Joyner