ZILLAH — One man was arrested after law officers broke up what was described as “an animal fight” involving about 1,000 spectators in a shop at an orchard near Zillah late Saturday night.
According to a news release Sunday from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of East Centennial Drive at 11:47 p.m. “They found at least 1,000 people attending a series of chicken fights,” Sgt. Bill Splawn wrote in the release. “When the spectators spotted the deputies, many began to run. People fled out of the doors and windows of the shop.”
The ranch foreman, whose name was not released, was the promoter of the event, the news release said. He was booked on unspecified charges at the Yakima County jail.
Deputies seized eight firearms, cash and “numerous tools used to outfit the chickens for battle,” the release said.
Several people attending the fight were detained for questioning, and information will be sent to the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.
The sheriff’s office said the property owner was notified of what had happened, but there was no indication the owner was involved.