When animal rescuers found a stolen dog in a major raid, they were delighted to reunite her with her owners. In turn, the family were thrilled to see their beloved pet after more than a year of searching for her. Soon, however, they realized that they were getting much more than they bargained for.
In 2015 a tip-off alerted the Sheriff Deputies in Marlboro County, South Carolina, to a worrying development. A member of the public had called to say that they suspected someone was planning a cockfight. The so-called sporting event would take place in a house and several animals were believed to be involved.
As cockfighting is illegal in the United States, law enforcement officers decided to bust the operation. In the blood sport, two cocks are forced to fight each other in a ring until one of them is killed. Often, spectators will bet on the outcome, but other times they watch simply for amusement.