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Deputies raid Ventura county cockfighting arena, find dead animals and euthanize aggressive gamecocks

March 7, 2011 |  6:37 pm

Authorities in Ventura County were searching Monday for suspects who escaped after deputies raided a blood-splattered cockfighting arena where dozens of animals were being exploited in violent contests.

Deputies found 16 dead animals strewn near two rings stained with blood Sunday and had to euthanize other aggressive gamecocks that were being stored in cardboard boxes at the Filmore compound, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.

A number of the dead animals had blades affixed to their legs. In all, more than 80 gamecocks were found at the site.

The deputies had responded after receiving a tip that a cockfighting event was taking place, the department said. People at the event fled as deputies swooped down on the site, in the 1700 block of Grimes Canyon Road.

Deputies seized evidence, including fighting blades, gambling records and a scale used to weigh the animals.

Crimes Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and criminal complaint and can be reached at (800) 222-8477,


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