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Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

State kills 300 Rochester cockfighting birds

OLYMPIA -- The state Gambling Commission says about 300 birds seized in a cockfighting raid on Monday at Rochester were killed.
A spokeswoman says about 240 roosters and 60 hens were euthanized, although several birds are saved as evidence in the case.
A 35-year-old Rochester man was arrested and accused of raising and training birds to sell for cockfights in Oregon, Texas and Mexico.
The Olympian reports ( ) the roosters were outfitted with spurs on their legs to inflict fatal injury.
Court papers in the case say the suspect said each rooster was worth at least $100.
The raid was the result of a two-year investigation by state Gambling Commission agents and Thurston County sheriff's detectives.

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