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9 ACCUSED OF STAGING A COCKFIGHT IN HYRUM BARN

Police raided a Hyrum barn this week and cited nine people for allegedly staging a cockfight.

Cache County deputy sheriffs seized seven live birds and discovered about two dozen plucked, dead chickens, said chief deputy Mike Stauffer.Authorities also confiscated cockspurs, which Stauffer described as razor-sharp blades strapped to the birds' feet.

Another rooster was found dead in the plywood arena.

Eight spectators and the owner of the barn were cited during Sunday's raid for watching an alleged organized animal fighting exhibition. The class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,850 fine.

A sheriff's report said the owner told a Spanish-speaking officer that he didn't know rooster fighting was against the law.

Authorities suspect there may have been gambling because spectators were carrying unusually large amounts of cash, Stauffer said. One spectator allegedly had $2,500 and another was allegedly carrying $900. Deputies did not find any gambling records.