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Illegal cock fighting arena discovered in Bryan County

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 4:41 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2021 at 4:54 PM CST
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ALLISON, Okla. (KXII) - On Saturday, Bryan County deputies acted on an anonymous tip and discovered an illegal cock fighting arena south of Durant in Allison.

Deputies noticed over 100 vehicles parked outside of a barn along with between 200 to 300 people on the property. As deputies pulled up, everyone scattered, many running into the woods.

“At that point, we secured the area and started an investigation into this case,” said Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian.

Inside the barn the deputies found an arena containing bleachers, food concessions, a standing call podium and an area described as a “pit’ that was covered in chicken feathers and blood.

The deputies also noticed a staging area connected to the barn that contained blood and caged game chickens.

The property owner took investigators around, where they found several live birds and bodies of dead birds.

Investigators also found a barrel filled with dead birds with injuries from cockfighting.

There were two live birds inside that barrel who later died.

In the pit, deputies found illegal gaming paraphernalia like weighing scales, betting ledgers, house rules, gaffs and twine.

One man directing traffic outside of the barn was arrested.

The Bryan County Criminal Investigation Division was contacted and arrived a short time later.

Deputies found various illegal gaming paraphernalia including weighing scales, betting ledgers, house rules, gaffs, twine and medicine.

Investigators took pictures and documented every person on the property and their cars.

“Even just attending and watching, you could have charges filed on you. Oklahoma law is pretty strict when it comes to cockfighting and it will not be tolerated here in this county,” Christian said.

He says some could face more than others depending on what charges the District Attorney decides to file.

“It’d been so large of a crowd and such a large event that it’s just taking time on the investigation,” Christian said.

In Oklahoma, involvement in illegal cockfighting is a felony charge, a penalty of one to 10 years of prison or a fine between $2,000 to $25,000.

It’s a misdemeanor for spectators, which could lead to a year in jail or a $500 fine.

Christian says if you ever have any suspicion of illegal fighting involving animals, report it to the Sheriff’s Office.

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