Hundreds of birds found in major cockfighting ring will be euthanized
San Diego officials said most of the 400 birds found when they broke up a large cockfighting ring will have to be euthanized.
Lt. Dan DeSousa of San Diego County Animal Services said official have no other choice because the birds have been trained to be aggressive. "At least they will receive a humane death rather than a horrible death during a fight," he said.
Seven people were arrested over the weekend -- four on suspicion of owning birds trained for fighting and three for allegedly watching a cockfight when an Animal Services officer arrived Saturday in rural Rainbow. All seven face misdemeanor charges.
Along with birds kept in cages, Animal Services officers found the kind of knives that are attached to the birds to allow them to slash each other during a fight, DeSousa said.
Rainbow, a community of about 2,000, is just east of Interstate 15, about 50 miles north of San Diego.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo credit: San Diego Animal Control