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COPY-17 arrested after cockfighting operation bust in Polk County

Associated Press - July 24, 2007 12:04 PM ET

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) - Seventeen man are behind bars after a cockfighting bust in Polk County.

Deputies raided a rural area Sunday afternoon. They found at least seven wounded roosters and the bodies of dozens of others.

The suspects tried to run, but 17 were later arrested on a range of charges, including fighting and baiting animals.

Deputies also recovered $25,000 in cash, as well as sharp fighting spurs for birds.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd described it as a "professional operation" with a fighting box and benches for spectators.

Authorities expect to make additional arrests.

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