More than 50 people have been arrested at a cockfight in Southeast Texas near Silsbee.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain said Tuesday that deputies responding to a call about dogs possibly fighting located the cockfighting ring 10 miles north of Silsbee.

Cain says 51 people were charged with a misdemeanor attending a cockfight following Saturday’s incident. A man living on the property was charged with organizing a cockfight. Cain says deputies found 15 dead roosters and about 60 others still alive.

The sheriff says it’s not illegal to have roosters – it’s just against the law to fight them. Cain says the roosters can be reclaimed by the owner.

Investigators believe the cockfighting ring had been operating for at least a year.