Kentucky State Police Bust Suspected Cockfighting Operation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police raided an alleged cockfighting operation in eastern Kentucky on Friday, and cited 10 people with misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Property owners Clyde Cecil Johnson, 73, and Shirley Doris Johnson, 70, were cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty and not having a permit for operating a place of entertainment, according to a police press release. Eight others were cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Mrs. Johnson said she "had no beef with the cops" and did not deny the allegations. She said she had "tried to run an honest business" and did not consider roosters as animals.

"A rooster ain't an animal, it's a fowl. A rooster is two-legged, an animal is four," she said in a telephone interview.

"I think they need to get out and get all the drug dealers and get them off the streets."

State police started investigating the operation, just outside of London and about 150 miles southeast of Louisville, earlier this year, Lt. Curtis O'Bannon said. Between 80 to 100 people were watching a rooster-fight at "CJ Pitts" at the time of the raid, Lt. Curtis O'Bannon said.

"We've actually been investigating it for a while," O'Bannon said in a telephone interview.

Organizers had established a Web site for the operation, advertising the dates and times it would be operational, O'Bannon said. Spectators were charged $10 to enter, and the ring had a full-service concession stand.

During the raid, three people had outstanding warrants for unrelated matters and were also arrested, O'Bannon said. People in attendance were dispersed, he said.

Meanwhile, the roosters were returned to their owners, O'Bannon

"Those were considered personal property and everyone was allowed to keep their property," O'Bannon said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by shannon Location: russell county on Feb 15, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    leave the rooster fighters alone. 90% of them are good hard working people and deserve the right to enjoy their sport. and also what makes me mad is the rumers about drugs. sure you you was to raid a pit you might find some on a couple people but i bet you you search everyone at a sporting event and you will find some on those people too. drugs are everyware you look the law has shut down a couple meth labs in my county and alot of drug arrest. but guess what not one of those people owned a fighting rooster.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    i sure hope peta or the hsus dont get in this ,if so they will KILL all the roosters ,then go to your HOME ,and KILL the baby chicks ,even bust your eggs ,these are the people who needs put in prison ,PETA and the HSUS .
  • by derick Location: eastern ky on Apr 21, 2009 at 11:37 PM
    well i dont know where you all got all ur info from but a rooster for one is not an animal and for two i have sported gameroosters all my life and i never done a drug i think the drug dealers are the ones that are trying to get the cops to get a lot harder on the fact so they can make one more sell and you all try to make it a big deal and i dont see a thing wrong with the way i word what i have to say i wish the gov. would just go a head and just tax it that way they would just leave us alone and if u dont like it turn ur head no one is making u watch it.
  • by derick Location: kentucky on Apr 21, 2009 at 11:05 PM
    i think cockfighting is no worse than the lottery it is tax free and and that is what wrong. the goverment cant tax the [edited] out of it just look at what they done to cigretts and gas and i think the goverment needs to pay the cops more to get drugs off the streets and loose some animals rights people as far as that goes what right does cows have u eat beef dont u they are raised to kill at least a game rooster has a chance to win and live one more day.
  • by fish Location: tenn on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    well i have read all the comments pro and con and i think if you own a fowl it is no ones business what you do with it eat or fight it your right of ownership in my state they took our smoking rights away in public buildings away who has the right nooo one.
  • by byron Location: Johnson county on Jan 2, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    Cockfighting is a great sport,and its fun, you make money and i love it!, its not going to change no matter how many tickets the state police hand out its always gonna happen, so u peta guys can suck it! ;) thanks and keep them crowing!
  • by knife_cocker Location: Corbin on Jul 30, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    chickes are NOT animals, it is NOT wrong, and i see a few supporters to the Animal Rights TERRORISTS in here, that just b.s., c. fighter, the one from manchester, i may have met you before, im not sure though, i've been in manchester alot
  • by doug Location: Kentucky on Jul 29, 2007 at 11:49 AM
    For all of you people who live in the cities, us country people really don't care what you think. You were raised to beleive that this world is like disney movies. That animals talk and are human like. You are the most gullable people in the world. Us country boys in Kentucky have been cockfighting here for over 100 to 200 years, and we aren't going to let a bunch of ignorant city people change us.
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Jul 27, 2007 at 04:18 AM
    I think u need 2 show it again on live tv so the cockers out there that missed it the 1st time they can see it this time so they can be mad also thank u
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: LAUREL on Jul 24, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    Bill, You must be a chicken fighter or a bootlegger. The only living these people are making are on my tax dollars. Chicken fighting is a way to make money for those "extra expenses" TAX FREE.


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