Updated at 2:40 p.m: Frank Librio from the Dallas Police Department has told CBS 11 News that all of the badly injured roosters were “humanely” euthanized. Dallas Animal Services have not determined where the surviving animals will be taken.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) An overnight cockfighting operation was broken up in East Dallas late Saturday, ending with 20 arrests and the discovery of multiple dead fighting roosters.

The arrests happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 4700 block of N. Counts Boulevard, a rural road near Loop 12 south of Interstate 30.

A press statement from Dallas Police say when officers arrived they found a large amount of cars parked in a field off Counts Blvd.

Upon investigation the officers found the fighting ring, which is illegal in Texas due to gambling that takes place and the cruel treatment of the animals.

Dallas police say Animal Control seized roughly 200 roosters and a number of horses.

Animal Control said 15 roosters had been killed, and a number were severely injured with tools used in cockfighting.

The arrested people were cited for attending the fight. They were later released.

Police are searching for the owner of the property, who could be ticketed for allowing the operation on the property.

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