Who, age What Where When Last Known Address

Eduardo Chaves, 63

cockfighting

West Valinda, CA

Los Angeles

May 14, 2011 La Puenta, CA

Gamiz Concepcion, 64

cockfighting

West Valinda, CA

Los Angeles

May 14, 2011 Pomona, CA

Frank Hernandez. 67

cockfighting

West Valinda, CA

Los Angeles

May 14, 2011 Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Not disclosed - juvenile

cockfighting

West Valinda, CA

Los Angeles

May 14, 2011  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Misdemeanor  

~ 50 roosters

Alleged

 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies out of the City of Industry station broke up a cockfight at a house in the unincorporated community of West Valinda, making three arrests.

The suspects arrested on charges of being at the scene of a cockfight were La Puente resident Eduardo Chaves, 63; Gamiz Concepcion of Pomona, 64; and Frank Hernandez, a 67-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man. They were cited and later released.

(Photo courtesy of Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times)  Deputies responded to a call reportedly hearing the pained sounds of roosters fighting at a house on the 15800 block of Fairgrove Avenue. When they arrived, the deputies saw about 40 male spectators and alleged illegal cockfight operators run in different directions, the report stated.

 

(Photo's courtesy of of Los Angeles County Sheriff)

The deputies found an illegal cockfighting arena shielded by plastic tarps in the backyard. Around 50 roosters were found on the property, some bloodied and appearing to have been killed during a fight, authorities said. Their combs and waddles had been cut off, a sign that they likely had been groomed for fighting.

  (Photo courtesy of of Los Angeles County Sheriff)  Items recovered from the scene included kits for razor-sharp metal talons typically tied to the roosters’ feet for fighting, tie materials and various tools such as scissors, small saws, and sandpaper.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control recovered the animals.

Cockfighting is illegal and spectators can be arrested for just watching, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Animal fighting and animal cruelty are both felonies. A conviction for animal cruelty comes with a sentence of up to three years in prison, according to authorities.

The incident is under investigation and includes an effort to identity the operators of the illegal cockfight.

Update 5/14/11:  A 4th suspect has been arrested where more than 40 live fighting birds and at least 11 dead roosters were found.

Two more with sharp metal spurs lashed to their legs still fighting when they arrived at the home, said sheriff's Sgt. Tom Wilson. The two birds were "gasping for their last breath" and were so badly injured that they will have to be euthanized, he said.  "I've seen a lot of terrible things, but this is as bad as it gets — just looking at the animals suffering," Wilson said.

Deputies responded to a tip about the fight in the 15800 block of Fairgrove Avenue in West Valinda, an unincorporated community in the San Gabriel Valley.

When the first deputies arrived, about 100 people at the home scattered in all directions, Wilson said. Some of the spectators were as young as 13 or 14.

Sheriff's deputies arrested three adults and one juvenile on suspicion of watching an animal fight exhibition, a misdemeanor.

At the home, deputies discovered about 45 live roosters that had been brought in boxes. Some were fitted with sharpened metal spurs designed to inflict damage on other birds during fights, Wilson said. He said there were no facilities for housing birds on the premises.  "They move from place to place," he said. "Eventually they know we'll find out about them."

In the backyard was a fighting ring and a preparation tent along with medical supplies. The roosters had been groomed for fighting, with their combs and wattles cut off, Wilson said.

Wilson said authorities were trying to determine whether the homeowner, who was not present when deputies arrived, was involved in setting up the event. He said the fight appeared to have taken days to prepare.

Reference:

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office

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