$20 Admission Fees Charged at Texas Cockfight Event

POOLVILLE, Texas, Jan. 4 (UPI) — The suspected organizer of an alleged cockfight that took place in Parker County, Texas, charged each guest $20 in admission, authorities say.

The Dallas Morning News said Monday the alleged cockfighting operation also included a raffle for a new motor home and individuals offering T-shirts for sale to event attendees.

After authorities raided the suspected cockfighting operation on Saturday, a total of 176 people were arrested and nearly 12 children were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Authorities also seized more than 100 roosters and allegedly located six dead roosters on the targeted property.

“It was deeply disturbing to see the way in which live animals were handled and were expected to die by such a gruesome death,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement.

The suspected organizer of the operation was identified as Roy Dale Saxton. Saxton, 46, is currently free after paying a fine for a Class C misdemeanor gambling charge as authorities continue to investigate.

Authorities would not confirm if Saxton will likely face additional charges.

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