Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cockfights Banned In Cibola County.(New Mexico & The West)

Byline: Fritz Thompson Journal Staff Writer

Commissioners Seek End To Ordinance Dispute

The five-member Cibola County Commission voted unanimously Friday night to ban cockfighting in the county.

The ban is part of a new animal-control ordinance adopted by the commission.

County Attorney Sherry Thompson said the ordinance becomes effective 30 days from Monday.

The partisan crowd at the hourlong special meeting saw several speakers lobby for defeat of the ordinance. Thompson said about 80 percent of the audience was made up of cockfighting proponents.

However, she said, the commissioners had previously received a substantial volume of mail and telephone calls urging them to pass the ordinance. …

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