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1,000 People Caught Watching Chicken Fights Near Zillah

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ZILLAH, Wash.--Neighbors were shocked to see people running through a Zillah orchard Saturday night after Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies broke up a series of chicken fights.

Deputies were sent to a shop along the 300 block of East Centennial Drive shortly before midnight.

Deputies said they found at least 1,000 people watching and betting on chicken fights. When officers arrived, people ran out the doors and windows of the shop.

Deputies said eight firearms were recovered, and they also found materials used to dress up the chickens for battle.

"We went over there on the Grizzly just to talk to the cops and checked out the shed, they even showed us the shed," said neighbor and witness Sean Camarata. "It was a pretty big shed and there was blood everywhere, and I just felt extremely bad for the chickens."

Sheriff's deputies said the ranch foreman was the promoter of the event. He was arrested and booked into the Yakima County Jail. Several other suspects were also taken into custody for attending an animal fight.

Deputies said the owner of the property has been informed about what's been taking place on his land.