Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but that didn't stop some people in Waterbury from setting up their own arena this weekend in a four-bay garage on South Main St.
Police busted the cockfight late Saturday night after getting a tip. In all, 23 people were arrested.
Inside the garage, police say, was a cockfighting arena, complete with a ring, holding areas for the roosters, and even areas for food and liquor.
A total of 51 live roosters, many injured and bleeding, were taken from the garage. Police also seized $16,000 in gambling money from the participants.
While nearly two dozen people were arrested on charges including animal cruelty, police say two men were at the head of the operation.