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Case ID: 12952
Classification: Fighting
Animal: chicken
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Sunday, Jan 13, 2008

County: Alameda

Disposition: Not Charged

Persons of Interest:
» Mark Jaegel
» Mark Jaegel, Jr.
» Calixto Pagud
» Expedito Manijaym
» Arturo Mandanas
» Danny Barrera
» Frederick Nitafan

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

The Alameda County Sheriff's department said it believes it has uncovered a "large scale" cockfighting ring in the unincorporated part of the city.

On Jan. 13 the department received a tip about a possible cockfighting ring in the 4000 block of North Livermore Avenue.

Upon arriving on the scene, sheriff deputies said they found a cockfight in progress. After further investigation, the deputies realized they had uncovered what they believed to be a large-scale cockfighting ring, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office obtained a search warrant for the property, which was served later that evening, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies confiscated over 300 gamecocks believed to have been used or being prepared to be used during illegal cockfights, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies also searched another property in the 9000 block of Tesla Road, in unincorporated Livermore, where another 150 gamecocks and hens were confiscated, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's investigators estimate their value at over $500,000.

Seven people were arrested during the cockfight and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Three of the arrested people were from the city of Alameda, two from the Livermore area, one from San Jose and one was from Las Vegas, Nev.

Sheriff's investigators will continue the investigation for the next several days.

They are also working on suitable habitat for all of the confiscated gamecocks and hens.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Alameda County Sheriff's Office at 510-667-7721 or Sgt. Kennis Bass at 510-667-7537 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-667-3622.


Case Updates

If the owners of 500 roosters and hens arrested last weekend on cockfighting charges are convicted, the birds most likely would be euthanized, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

If they are cleared of the charges, it is not clear what the birds' fate will be.

In the meantime, the owners have been ordered by a judge to feed and take care of the birds, said Tony Owens, field services supervisor for the sheriff's department.

Seven men were arrested Sunday after an anonymous caller led investigators to a farm in the 4000 block of North Livermore Avenue where they happened upon a practice fight between two roosters.

The men were Mark Jaegel, 50, and Mark Jaegel Jr., 22, of Livermore; Calixto Pagud, 35, Expedito Manijaym, 49, and Arturo Mandanas, 42, all of Alameda; Danny Barrera, 50, of San Jose; and Frederick Nitafan, 40, of Las Vegas.

Charges were not filed as of Thursday, and all suspects have been released from custody, Owens said.

"The court ordered them to feed and care for the birds," he said. "If they are found guilty, the birds have to be humanely destroyed. That's supported by the Humane Society of the United States."

After the arrests, detectives found more than 300 other birds that were housed and tethered in a barracks-style facility. Based on the structures used to contain the birds, the operation has been in business for a year or more, sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Although the farm appeared to be a breeding facility, detectives found various sharp metal spikes and blades that are attached to the roosters' feet for fighting.

The investigation led to another property in the 9000 block of Tesla Road, where another 175 gamecocks and breeding hens were found.

Nelson said the owner of the first property leased a portion of the property to one or more of the suspects and did not know what was going on.

The two properties have separate owners, he said, and the property owners were not among those arrested.
Source: Inside Bay Area - Jan 18, 2008
Update posted on Jan 18, 2008 - 3:11PM 

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