June 7, 2010
The HSUS Assists in Major S.C. Cockfighting Raid
CLEVELAND, S.C. — The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Greenville County Sheriff's Office by conducting evidence identification and documentation at the Sunday raid of a suspected cockfighting operation. Samuel Darwin Boyd, the reported owner of the operation, was charged with one count of cockfighting, and further charges are anticipated.
Authorities seized 145 roosters and charged 85 people with illegal cockfighting; ten of those also received illegal gambling charges.
"A number of participants came from other states where cockfighting is a felony," said John Goodwin, manager of animal fighting issues for The Humane Society of the United States. "As long as cockfighting offenses remain a misdemeanor in South Carolina, the Palmetto State will continue to be a magnet for cockfighters."
The Spartanburg Humane Society and Greenville County Animal Care Services assisted in the raid by handling, documenting and transporting the roosters.
The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Anyone with information about animal fighting criminals is asked to call 877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787). Tipsters' identities are protected.
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