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Animal Rescue Team helps to rescue approximately 171 dogs in Mississippi

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UPDATED: March 29, 2015, 9:34 PM ET

On March 28, 2015, The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Forestry Commission in breaking up an active cockfight.

The raid, which the was the product of an investigation undertaken once local authorizes discovered the venue was used to stage cockfights, resulted in the arrest of 27 suspected cockfighters and the rescue of 122 gamefowl and one emaciated dog with 10 pups. Suspected cockfighting paraphernalia and an undetermined amount of cash were also seized.

Cockfighting is inhumane for the animals involved — and it generates crime and violence within communities. Because the bloodsport continues to plague South Carolina, new legislation has been proposed to crack down on this illegal activity. H. 3408 would criminalize the possession of cockfighting paraphernalia and game fowl with intent to fight and would criminalize bringing a minor to a cockfight. S. 157 would make cockfighting a second-offense felony. Neither bill has received a hearing to date.

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