The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says it has arrested five people who were attending an illegal cockfight in Plant City, east of Tampa.

The sheriff's office received an anonymous tip about a cockfighton Saturday.

When deputies arrived the approximately 20 people attending the fight in a barn fled. Deputies were able to catch five and charge them with participating in a cockfight.

Deputies found 36 roosters in the barn in cages and cloth bags.

Three of the roosters were dead and six injured.

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