LINCOLN COUNTY, Ga. (WVLT/WRDW) -- A cockfighting ring bust led to the arrest of 22 people in Georgia on Saturday, WRDW reported, but investigators said many other people are connected to the incident.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said they got a tip about an illegal cockfighting ring on December 14 around 2:30 p.m. Deputies responded to the property around 3 p.m. and said they saw 50 to 60 people run out of a building and into the woods.
Investigators said they rounded up 22 people so far and expect more arrests and charges to come. WRDW reported that they are looking for at least 250 more people.
Major Jim Wallen with the sheriff's office said about 30 people have been arrested so far and charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and felony commercial gambling.
Deputies said 500 birds were found on the property at the time of the bust, and those that were living were not euthanized but were taken back to the property for a time.
According to Wallen, 46 people entered the fight on December 14, and each person had to pay a $600 buy-in fee. Investigators said someone is on the run with more than $20,000 made from the fight.
Deputies said the fight wasn't the only thing taking place at the property.
"They had a concession stand," Wallen said. "You know, they had everything. It was like going to the ball park. Everything was there."
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