Animal Fighting a Growing Trend in Martin County 8/15/13
August 15, 2013
Stanton - A disturbing trend seems to be growing here in the Permian basin. Officials out of Martin County tells CBS 7 that they are seeing more and more calls on illegal animal fighting. Stanton County Sheriff John Woodward says with the growing population these fights are becoming very common, with their most recent dog-fighting bust just last week.
“It has had a dry spell, but unfortunately we’re seeing that kick up again, but not only are individuals fighting roosters, but also dogfights,” said Woodward.
But sadly it doesn’t stop there, officers have recently gained information about some individuals now taking it a step farther and fighting horses. Woodward says the county hasn’t caught anyone participating in these events yet, but is something that has been brought to their attention. “We haven’t seen them specifically but there are those indicators.”
If caught doing these kinds of activities a person could receive anything from a Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony. “The objects that are used in these fights and the people possessing them in the ring is actually contraband,” said Woodward.
Woodward says fighting isn’t the only thing that concerns him; the fighting world is like a network that brings in plenty of other trouble. “You see a lot of your narcotics and some of your illegal activity in these groups. They use that as a networking group to do whatever kind of illegal activities that they’re doing.”
Woodward says with Texas laws changing, no more is it difficult to charge spectators, now simply if someone is present they can be criminally charged.