Who, age What Where When Last known address

Edgar Izaguirre Garza, 28

aka Conrad Garza, Jr. &

aka Carlos Alberto Perez

Cockfighting - violation of the animal contest statute

Wapello, IA

Louisa County

November 22, 2005  
Jose Perez, 50 Cockfighting - 9 rooster, 13 chickens seized

Wapello, IA

Louisa County

November 22, 2005 Oklahoma City, OK
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Class D Felony driving under suspension, drug & alcohol possession 9 roosters, 13 chickens Convicted  

Two men were arrested Tuesday after a search warrant uncovered an illegal cockfighting operation.

Edgar Garza, 28, of rural Wapello, was charged with driving under suspension and violations of the animal contest statutes, a Class D felony.

Jose Perez, 50, of Oklahoma City, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Nine fighting roosters and 13 chickens were seized from Garza's residence off of X–61 near Wapello.

"Several of them (roosters) had the spurs on the back of their legs cut off so a razor blade could be attached for fighting," Louisa County Sheriff Curt Braby said.

In the fighting ring, roosters often wear artificial spurs that transform their natural spurs into knives for maximum injury. The steel blades are sharp enough to puncture a lung, pierce an eye or even break bones, according to the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The pair's arrest stems from a two–week–long investigation into reports of rooster fighting at Garza's residence. Braby said Garza was training the birds to fight in order to sell, but added, there was no evidence that contests were held at his residence.

"People called in saying they heard what appeared to be a man playing with chickens. It was determined later he was raising the roosters for fighting," said Braby.

The seized chickens were examined and swabs were taken for testing for avian diseases.

Both men posted bond and were released pending an initial court appearance.

Update 12/16/05:  Garza (DOB 5/17/77) plead guilty (Case # 08581 FECR007645) to a lesser charge of being a spectator at prohibited animal contest event and was sent to 2 years at the adult corrections center; to run concurrently with his federal sentence.

Garza's (Case # 08581 LALA018345) case regarding the seizure of his livestock was heard on 12/16/05.  The disposition order instructed the Louisa County Sheriff's office to humanely destroy the birds.

Other court records show Garza as having a long history with the Iowa court system.  The cases include criminal mischief, false reporting, property seizure, underage alcohol, drug possession and driving under suspended licence's or without registration.  The court records also show that in one of Garza's cases  (Case # 08581 SRIN007115) from 5/16/97 show Garza as using the name of Conrad Garza, Jr. and Carlos Alberto Perez.

Reference:

The Hawkeye

Muscatine Journal