More than three dozen charged in cockfighting bust

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HAMPTON, S.C. – Authorities say more than three dozen people have been cited for cockfighting after a bust in South Carolina.

Hampton County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shellie Murdaugh said 37 people from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Mexico were arrested at around 9 a.m. today.

First offense cockfighting is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $1,000.

A judge set $500 bond for each defendant.

Ms. Murdaugh says none of the defendants yet had attorneys.

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