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Monday, Mar 10, 2008County: Sarasota
Charges: Felony CTA
» Pedro Caldera-Garcia
» Miguel Angel Alvarado-Martinez
Deputies seized 15 fighting roosters worth as much as $300 each on Monday and arrested a man on 15 animal cruelty charges.
Pedro Caldera-Garcia, 28, told detectives he was housing and breeding the roosters for a friend, but the actual fights took place at a home in Parrish.
On Tuesday, another man, Miguel Angel Alvarado-Martinez, 42, went to the sheriff's animal services unit to claim the roosters, which had been shaved from the breast down for fighting.
He was also arrested on animal cruelty charges.
According to sheriff's reports, Caldera-Garcia was raising the roosters and training them to fight at the trailer he rented on a sod farm in the 7800 block of Ibis Street, east of Interstate 75 near the Serenoa Golf Club.
Deputies got an anonymous tip about the operation Monday.
Once on the property, deputies saw the caged roosters and found steroids and a small fighting ring, a report said.
Deputies also found a small hammer and three empty shell casings near the ring, a report said. A gun or a hammer is used to kill the roosters once they have been injured or lost a fight, the report said.
Caldera-Garcia was charged with 15 counts of felony fighting or baiting animals.
He posted his $15,000 bail bond Tuesday evening, but had not been released from jail because he is facing possible deportation back to Mexico, officials at the Sarasota County jail said.
Bail information for Alvarado-Martinez was not immediately available. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chuck Lesaltato said detectives are investigating the possibility of other fighting rings in Parrish.
- Herald Tribune - March 12, 2008
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