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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014County: Monterey
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Monterey County authorities busted up two alleged cockfighting operations within days of each other.
The SPCA for Monterey County said cockfighting seems to happen more often around this time of year, especially on Easter Sunday, so sheriff's deputies and humane investigators are on heightened alert this weekend.
This comes on the heels of two recent cockfighting cases.
On March 26, SPCA humane investigators served a warrant to a home off Castroville Boulevard in Prunedale and rescued 53 fighting roosters. They also collected knives, razors, drugs and rooster fighting videos -- evidence that the animals were being bred and trained to fight.
A few days later, the SPCA received a call from Monterey County sheriff's deputies about a cockfight in progress on Lockwood-San Lucas Road.
Twenty roosters were found dead, and 14 had to be put down because of the severity of their injuries, investigators said.
When authorities arrived, the spectators and the organizers all fled the scene.
Anyone with information about both of these cases, or suspect there is a cockfighting operation, is asked to call the SPCA at 831-373-2631
In a cockfight, two roosters fight each other to the death while spectators place bets. During cockfights, birds wear razor-like knives on their legs and slash each other until one of them collapses or dies.
Cockfighters often administer illegal drugs to enhance the bird's performance, let the birds suffer untreated injuries, and throw the losing, (often alive) birds away in trash barrels, according to the SPCA.
While cockfighting and the possession of the knives and gaffs used in the sport is illegal in California, Monterey County allows residents in unincorporated areas to own up to 499 roosters without a permit.
A primary reason for owning hundreds of roosters is breeding and fighting them. Because it is legal to own so many, in order to successfully prosecute offenders and rescue birds, a cockfight must already in progress or fighting implements must present on the property.
- KSBW - April 19, 2014
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