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South L.A. man accused of running a cockfighting ring

July 2, 2008 |  4:50 pm

A South Los Angeles man has been charged with running a cockfighting ring, the district attorney's office announced today.

Israel Ramirez, 52, was arrested Tuesday night on a warrant charging him with felony cockfighting, animal cruelty, possession of cockfighting paraphernalia and possession of birds with the intent to fight, officials said.

Los Angeles police received a tip last month about a cockfight in progress in the 1300 block of East 108th Street, according to a police report.

Officers apprehended Ramirez and 10 of about 30 spectators who ran from the scene.

-- Joanna Lin

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