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Authorities break up cockfighting ring in Riverside County

Thirty-seven roosters were euthanized Sunday morning after Riverside County authorities broke up a cockfighting ring near the Salton Sea.

Acting on a tip, a dozen Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers busted the open-air cockfight shortly after 10 a.m. in the 100000 block of Avenue 72, known as the North Shore area, said John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

“Everybody bolted and nobody took ownership of the birds or the property,” Welsh said.

Deputies in four-wheel-drive vehicles chased spectators out into the desert, Welsh said. Thirty-two participants were arrested for misdemeanor animal cruelty, according to a sheriff’s press release.

Of the 40 roosters found on the premises, three had already been killed during the event, Welsh said. The other 37 were given lethal injections by animal control officers.

“Roosters raised to be cock fighters, you can’t put them up for adoption,” Welsh said.. “They’ll fall into nefarious situations where someone would sell them on the black market. You can’t put them in a cage with other birds, they will just kill all the chickens.”

“Their fate is to be humanely euthanized in the field,” Welsh said. “It’s better than that barbaric tournament.”

--Jason Felch

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This is a good day for animal cruelty. Cockfighting can't be allowed to go on.

Why even interfere if the roosters were all euthanized. They all died anyways so what is the big deal? I understand animal cruelty but I never understood why these people have a problem with this if we already slaughter millions of chickens.

I wonder who was hosting the party.

The County of Riverside had HUGE BUDGET Deficit and are using TAXPAYERS money to KILL Chickens!!!

We need to encourage public officials to wisely use limited law and legal enforcements in VIOLENT crimes, deal with Terrorist animal groups who are Economically Teerorizing agri business, gangs, etc etc , or use the funds to hire more police, teahcers etc not for chickens that millions of americans eat in tons...
So WHY, they DID NOT RAID KFC, chicken slaughter houses and the humane society WHO KILLED 100 % of chickens ?!!!


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