Miguel Huerta Acosta

Cockfighting

El Granada, CA

Sept. 19, 2003

Acosta, age 45, of the 300 block of Bridgepoint Drive was arrested after sheriff’s deputies turned up dozens of roosters, thousands of dollars in cash and other fighting related items.

39 roosters, which had their combs and bodies cut for fighting were confiscated and euthanized.

Acosta is charged with a misdemeanor for training an animal for fighting, owning gamecock and failure to care for the animals.

Acosta who plead not guilty to all the charges, made bail after it was reduced from $50,000 to $10,000.  He cannot possess any animals and is subject to police searches under the terms of his bail.

On November 3, 2003, Acosta jumped bail and a $50,000 arrest (bench) warrant was issued after he failed to show up for a court hearing.

On February 4, 2004 Acosta made a plea bargain and plead no contest to one misdemeanor charge of failing to care for an animal.  In return the charges of training an animal for fighting and owning gamecock will be dismissed.  He was also not slapped with any charges for jumping bail.  Acosta remains out of custody on a $10,000 bail bond.

Update July 3, 2004:  Acosta was sentenced to 45-days in the county jail with credit for six days.  The sentence will be carried out on weekends only through the Sheriff’s Work Program.  He will also spend 36 months on probation.

Reference:

The San Mateo Daily Journal