Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Birds seized at suspected cockfighting site to be euthanized


More than two dozen people were arrested at an alleged cockfighting operation in Riverside County, officials said.

Dozens of roosters were slated to be euthanized after they were seized from a suspected illegal cockfighting operation in Riverside County, officials said Monday.

Deputies arrested 28 people on suspicion of being illegal animal fighting spectators. The home owner, Martin Ruezga, 47,  was arrested with his son Miguel Angel Ruezga, 25, and his brother Filiberto Ruezga, 62, on suspicion of animal cruelty and illegal gambling, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.

A number of suspected participants tried to flee as deputies and animal-service officers raided the operation Sunday morning in Jurupa Valley, county officials said.

The arrests took place after authorities served a search warrant at the property in the 4000 block of Kenneth Street as part of an investigation into alleged cockfighting and gambling at the site, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Officials seized 71 birds, all of which would be euthanized, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said.


5.6 earthquake felt across California's north coast

'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening donates $500,000 to UCLA

Whitney Houston was found underwater in bathtub, police say

— Robert J. Lopez


Photo: Deputies served a search warrant and arrested more than two dozen people at an alleged cockfighting operation in Jurupa Valley. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: