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More Than 300 Chickens, Spurs And A 'Bloody Fighting Ring' — Keys Cops Make Arrest On Cockfighting Charges

An image of chickens in cages on Rockland Key, where the Monroe County Sheriff's Office made an arrest on cockfighting charges.
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Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives found more than 300 chickens and a 'bloody fighting ring' at the property on Rockland Key.

Cockfighting has been illegal in Florida since 1986 but it still goes on — including, apparently, in the Florida Keys.

The Monroe County Sheriff's office got a tip that chickens were being bred to fight at a property on Rockland Key, about four miles from Key West.

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Three detectives went to the edge of the property and saw lots of caged chickens, a "bloody fighting ring" and a bait stick, the sheriff's office reported. A bait stick is a fake chicken head used to rile up roosters in the ring. The sheriff's office reported many of the roosters were injured.

The detectives got a search warrant and came back where they found 310 chickens, along with spurs, scales, sewing needles, syringes, liquid drugs used to treat infections and stopwatches.

A 54-year-old Key West man was booked into jail Monday on two felony charges: owning property used for animal fighting and owning equipment used for animal fighting.

The Florida Keys SPCA, which handles animal control for the county, took charge of the chickens.