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 says 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 says it's not illegal to have roosters -- it's just against the law to fight them. Cain says 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.
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