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FORT WORTH (AP) — Fort Worth police say three men face cockfighting-related charges for allegedly operating a betting-on-birds ring in a warehouse.

Animal control officers seized 39 live roosters and some dead birds on Sunday as part of what began as a disturbance call. There were reportedly about 20 people fled from the scene as officers arrived.

A police report says officers also confiscated some cages and sharp devices usually attached to roosters during fights.

Cockfighting is illegal in Texas. Cockfighting offenses in Texas can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a state jail felony.

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