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50 roosters rescued as police break up Escondido cockfight

February 27, 2012 | 10:19 am

After being tipped off by a neighbor, Escondido police broke up a suspected cockfight Sunday and rescued about 50 roosters.

They arrested Martin Flores Padron, 39, on suspicion of animal cruelty, arranging a cockfight and being in the country illegally, Escondido police Sgt. Chris Lick said, according to Fox 5 San Diego (warning: video contains graphic scenes of cockfighting).

A neighbor alerted police about 8 a.m. about the illegal operation in a remote house on the 1500 block of La Honda Drive, about a mile north of El Norte Parkway in Escondido. The neighbor told police that he could hear the cockfight from his house, Lick said.

Almost all the people on the property fled as police arrived, Lick said. Officials from the San Diego Humane Society confiscated about 50 roosters.

Padron was being held $40,000 bail at the Vista jail and was scheduled to be arraigned at Tuesday morning.


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-- Fox 5 San Diego