- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

THOMASTON, Ga. (AP) - Law officers in Middle Georgia say they arrested 45 people at the site of what they said was a cockfighting event which had been advertised as a “poultry show.”

Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore tells WSB-TV (2wsb.tv/1QNWW0P) that a fighting pit and other evidence of cockfighting was found on property where the suspects had gathered Saturday.

Kilgore said the evidence includes a blood-covered gaff - a steel spike attached to a fighting chicken’s leg to inflict injury on an opponent.

Kilgore said deputies arrived just before the event after receiving a tip.

Kilgore said 44 adults and one juvenile were arrested. He said all have been charged with criminal attempt to commit cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

Upson County is about 60 miles south of Atlanta.

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Information from: WSB-TV, https://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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