Deputies bust cockfighting operation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputies bust cockfighting operation

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say 14 people are under arrest after they raided a cockfight in Bellingham.

Whatcom Humane Society Director Laura Clark says her office received a tip about a cockfight Saturday and contacted sheriff's deputies who launched a raid.

Sheriff Bill Elfo says a helicopter was used to nab some of the suspects, others were caught hiding in the rafters of the barn used for the fighting.

He says the 14 suspects are facing animal-fighting charges, which are Class C felonies. He suspects that they all had organized or attended similar fights in the past.

Clark says Humane Society workers treated eight of the birds that were used in the fighting, but four others were so badly hurt they had to be euthanized.

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