Greater than 140 roosters had been euthanized after Riverside County sheriff’s deputies busted an unlawful cockfighting occasion in Jurupa Valley on Friday, authorities mentioned.
At round 10:36 p.m., deputies responded to a name about an unlawful cockfighting gathering within the 5900 block of Troth Avenue. When deputies arrived at the house, 200 individuals scattered, and 143 birds had been discovered caged all through the property, a lot of them lifeless or severely injured, Sgt. Patrick Samosky mentioned in a press release.
John Welsh, a Riverside County Division of Animal Providers spokesperson, described the scene as chaotic when deputies arrived. Folks had been scrambling away from the property in try to flee and among the chook cages had been crushed within the stampede, he mentioned.
Welsh mentioned all 143 birds wanted to be euthanized as a result of the division “can’t undertake out such birds as they’re useful and they might nearly all the time find yourself again in a cockfighting ring.”
“These birds are bred to be combating birds,” Welsh mentioned. “So you possibly can’t take these 143 birds and put them on a farm. They’re simply going to peck one another to loss of life. They’d should all be segregated. However there’s all the time a priority on our finish of [whether] these birds will find yourself in one other cockfighting operation.”
The unnamed home-owner who lives the place the cockfighting occasion occurred claimed possession of all 143 birds, and surrendered them to the Division of Animal Providers, which humanely euthanized them on Saturday, authorities mentioned. The home-owner was additionally cited for possession of combating blades utilized in a cockfighting occasion by Riverside County animal management officers.
Welsh mentioned among the birds discovered nonetheless had combating blades strapped round their our bodies and wings with plumbers tape, which posed further risks to animal management officers trying to seize them.
Welsh mentioned unlawful cockfighting has a robust previous in Riverside, with animal service officers answering requires unlawful rings each different month, nevertheless it’s since waned in recent times.
Cockfighting is illegitimate in all 50 U.S. states and may be thought-about a misdemeanor or felony cost in California. The Riverside County Division of Animal Providers is looking for to file felony animal cruelty prices in opposition to the home-owner with the Riverside County district lawyer’s workplace.