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Nearly 50 Arrested In Chesterfield Cockfighting Sting

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A cockfighting sting in Chesterfield County has resulted in 46 being charged.

Chief Deputy Briana Davis said she received a call on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. from the Chief Deputy with Marlboro County Sheriff's Office in reference to a tip he received on a cockfight going on in the McBee area.

"We had probably about 20 officers when we arrived," Davis said.

The suspected "ringleader" of the cockfighting operation is 32-year old Justin Prichard of McBee.

The property that the operation was being run on belongs to Prichard's father, Bill. Prichard has been released on bond while, currently, facing game fighting charges.

"He admitted to being the ringleader," Davis said. "Present with him was his wife and mother."

As for the birds, they are being held in a secret location in Chesterfield -- more than 137 of them, as of Monday afternoon.

Thirteen birds were found dead at the site. Two were in the middle of a fight when authorities arrived -- and one has since been euthanized from deteriorating health.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is assisting with taking care of the roosters at the secret location until a decision on their fate will be made by the state of South Carolina.

But gamecocks are not high on the adoption list for pet owners. In fact, fighting is what they are mainly used for.

"The only people that want them back or would consider adopting them are the criminals who had them before," Jennifer Gordon of CWR said. "So you can't really put them into another home without really knowing somebody and being assured that they wouldn't go back into the same situation again."



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