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Birds seized at suspected cockfighting site to be euthanized

February 13, 2012 |  5:49 pm

 

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.

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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

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