Over 450 game fowl used in cock­fight­ing seized

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Wes Woods South­ern Cal­i­for­nia News Group

More than 450 game fowl be­lieved to be used in il­le­gal cock­fight­ing were seized on Tues­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

Two search war­rants were served at 9 a.m. to the 8800 block of Pills­bury Av­enue in Lan­caster, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

Sher­iff’s Lt. John Le­crivain said the num­ber of game fowl, which he de­scribed as “99 per­cent fight­ing roost­ers,” num­bered more than 450 on Wed­nes­day.

The county Depart­ment of An­i­mal Care and Con­trol with the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Los An­ge­les re­sponded to the lo­ca­tion to ex­am­ine and care for the an­i­mals, au­thor­i­ties said.

Sev­eral peo­ple were de­tained, but no ar­rests were made and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, the sher­iff’s depart­ment said.

On May 15, an il­le­gal cock­fight­ing bust in un­in­cor­po­rated Val Verde was the largest ever in the U.S., au­thor­i­ties said.

That bust, in the 29000 block of Jack­son Street, re­sulted in more than 7,000 roost­ers be­ing found which in­cluded dead birds and a va­ri­ety of weapons be­lieved to be used in cock­fight­ing con­tests.

Le­crivain said the two busts were not con­nected and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Val Verde case is on­go­ing.

“The only thing that makes them sim­i­lar is they’re re­mote prop­er­ties,” Le­crivain noted.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this case or other sim­i­lar ones may call the Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships Bu­reau at 323981-5300 or anony­mously by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 800-222-8477.

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