Birds euthanized after Polk County rooster fight busted

14 people arrested after 200-bird rooster fight

Published On: Nov 19 2013 10:51:29 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2013 11:08:56 AM EST
HAINES CITY, Fla. -

Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 14 people and found about 200 birds at a rooster fight. Officials say all of the birds were euthanized at the scene.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that an anonymous tip led deputies to the in-progress fight on Saturday.

Fourteen people were watching the roosters when deputies arrived.

Deputies found two guns and a large amount of fighting paraphernalia in separate vehicles.

They also found a rooster bath, spur packaging, syringes, medicine, a sparring dummy and about 200 roosters, hens, and chicks in a barn. Two roosters were found tied in sacks, ready to be weighed before a fight