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27 face cockfighting charges; more than 120 roosters found

WALLACE (AP) — Twenty-seven people face charges in connection with a cockfighting operation that authorities uncovered in Marlboro County.

Sheriff Fred Knight tells multiple media outlets that sheriff’s deputies and other officers raided a house in Wallace on Saturday, arresting 27 people from North Carolina and South Carolina.

He says they found more than 120 roosters and 11 dogs, along with marijuana, cocaine, firearms, cash and instruments commonly used in cockfighting.

Under South Carolina law, cockfighting is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail.

North Carolina-based Carolina Waterfowl Rescue saved most of the roosters; five roosters died from their injuries. The organization is searching for homes for the roosters.

The rescue group says those that don’t find homes by April 10 likely will be euthanized.

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