Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cockfighting Discovered at Children's Party

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List of party events: pinata, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, cockfighting? Credit: AFP/Getty Images

If you're planning a party for a child, it's important to think about games.

Pinatas are fun, and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey is a perennial favorite. However, to really spice things up, you might want to take a tip from some folks in Dayton, Texas, and treat the boys and girls to the thrills of illegal cockfighting.

The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia reports Liberty County sheriff's deputies were not so thrilled when they found cockfighting going on at children's party in Dayton -- about 40 miles northeast of Houston.

As police approached the party, the newspaper reports, suspects began fleeing to their cars. Some reportedly crashed into each other and through a wooden fence to make their get-away.

According to the Herald, children cried, standing near a water slide, where they found dead and dying birds -- some drenched with blood -- a few feet away.

Live birds were reportedly found pinned in cages throughout the property, some armed with steel blades attached to their beaks.

Inside a small barn, officers discovered scales, tags, entry slips and other evidence of cockfights.

The Herald reports officials from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to the scene and rescued 48 birds, as well as a horse and two dogs in poor condition.

Officers arrested Jose Lara and Irasema Ramirez at the scene for failing to identify themselves and for interfering with a law enforcement investigation. The Herald reports additional charges and more arrests might be filed as the investigation continues.

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