Animal welfare groups applaud San Jacinto Sheriff’s Deputies for breaking up large-scale cockfighting ring

Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy are praising San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies for making 19 arrests after finding about 300 people at a largescale cockfighting operation at a residence in the county. Officers also confiscated 96 roosters seized from vehicles, cages, and transport boxes.

“We applaud the San Jacinto County Sheriffs’ Office and U.S. Customs Officials for continuing to investigate an illegal cockfighting operation raided on Oct. 15,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action.  “These knife fights involving animals are like so many other spectacles of cruelty — bound up with other crimes, including illegal aliens participating in this mayhem in East Texas.”

According to reports, deputies found a cockfighting arena, and various items of gambling paraphernalia, including a dry erase board that indicated 44 fights had already taken place. Deputies also found several dozen dead roosters, and several live roosters were found still wearing gaffs (razor-sharp blades attached to their legs) in their cages.

Other items seized: gaffs, vitamins, steroids, syringes, food and cages, as well as 43 vehicles, four trailers, five pistols, some marijuana and more than $22,000.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted regarding the arrest of subjects suspected to be undocumented immigrants.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. I thought ole Trey Harris and surrounding county officials swear up and down that there is no evidence of illegals living in the area.
    If 300 taco benders participating in illegal activity, abandoning vehicles, and fleeing isn’t “an indicator”, I don’t know what is.
    These are the types of scum bags who terrorize and trash our once desirable area, and their vermin offspring who will never escape the cycle of ignorance and uselessness are flooding into your kids’ classroom.
    Liberty, San Jacinto, and Montgomery counties- you have an illegal problem, and it needs to be stopped.

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