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Sunday, Dec 30, 2007County: Tulare
» Fidel Sanchez
» Efran Mercado
» Martin Ruiz
» Arturo Rios
» Nicholas Hernandez
» Jaime Vargas
» Antonio Ambriz
» Jose Rios
» Alex Florez
» Jose Antunes
» Andres Reyes
» Mario Armonte
» Anbel Diaz
» Jose Gasca
» Juan Rodriguez
» Sebastian Leozanos
» Sergio Lozado
» Armando Villarueta
» Jose Hernandez
» Jaime Moreno
» Jesus Jiminez
» Jose Arreola
» Eduardo Bravo
Tulare County Sheriff's Department deputies cited 26 people on suspicion of animal cruelty Sunday after raiding an Orosi cockfight.
Anonymous tips led deputies to the cockfight in the 13200 block of Avenue 414, Sgt. Kevin Cotton said. Deputies reported finding 35 to 40 fighting roosters as well as cockfighting implements.
The birds were confiscated but Cotton said he doesn't know what will happen to them. He said he didn't know whether any dead birds were found at the scene.
The animal-cruelty aspect is only one problem associated with cockfighting, Cotton said.
"With cockfighting, you have gambling, and they kind of go hand in hand," he said. "It's not just the cruelty to the animal."
The owner of the home where the raid occurred, Victor Saldana, 56, was cited along with the following:
Fidel Sanchez, 40; Efran Mercado, 64; Martin Ruiz, 44; Arturo Rios, 34; Nicholas Hernandez, 26; Jaime Vargas, 20; Antonio Ambriz, 41; Jose Rios, 40; Alex Florez, 24; Jose Antunes, 48; Andres Reyes, 22; Mario Armonte, 32; Anbel Diaz, 49; Jose Gasca, 33; Juan Rodriguez, 24; Sebastian Leozanos, 59; Sergio Lozado, 59; Armando Villarueta, 30; Jose Hernandez, 20; Jaime Moreno, 21; Jesus Jiminez, 57; Jose Arreola, 66; and Eduardo Bravo, 44.
The names of two other people cited were illegible on the list provided by the sheriff's department.
Officials said the case remains under investigation.
- Tulare Advance-Register - Dec 31, 2007
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