Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Tuesday May 16th, 2017 :: 02:13 p.m. PDT

Advisory

Detectives Seize the Largest Cache of Fowl Used in Illegal Cockfighting in US History

News Media note:  

For a video of the News conference, please visit: https://youtu.be/pnOi5i85DZo

For a video fo the B-roll shown at the news conference, please visit: 

https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aur1wGZ9nUp0-2YrfEV-zAwT5Zbx


Earlier in the year, Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Partnerships Bureau Blood Sport Crime Team, received information regarding a residence located on the 29000 Block of Jackson Street, In Val Verde California, caring for a large cache of fowl used in Illegal cockfighting.  On May, 15th, 2017, Detectives, accompanied by members of the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control; the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Bureau of Investigation; the Humane Society of the United States, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) conducted a search warrant operation on a rural 80 acre property as part of a month’s long investigation.

During the course of the warrant service, approximately 100 law enforcement personnel located and seized approximately 7000 fowl used in Illegal cockfighting, as well as several mobile fighting rings, gaffs (razor hook implements attached to the roosters claws), medications, and other items indicative of illegal cock fighting.  Based on preliminary information, this is the largest seizure of its kind in current US History.  Due to the fact these animals are sold at an average price ranging from $50 USD to $1500 USD, this seizure had an estimated cost ranging from $350,000 up to $10,500,000 dollars.  Also located were several dead roosters with wounds symptomatic of illegal cockfighting.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, cockfighting is between two roosters fighting each other to death.  Cockfighters, or rooster handlers, let those birds who suffer injuries during cockfights go untreated or throw the birds away in the trash afterwards.  Having the birds fight to death along with letting them go untreated is not only cruel but, often times goes hand-in-hand with gambling, drug-dealing, illegal gun sales and murder.    
 
Although, no arrests have currently been made, several people have been detained, suspects are currently being identified, and the investigation is still ongoing.   Captain Jeff Perry stated, “Any kind of animal blood sport activity will not be tolerated in Los Angeles County. If anyone has information about any type of animal blood sport activity, I urge you to call your local law enforcement agency.” 
                  
Anyone with information about this current investigation, please contact Community Partnerships Bureau at 323-981-5300.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

You may also report any suspected criminal animal fighting to our law enforcement partners:

Los Angeles County District Attorney, Bureau of Investigations
http://da.lacounty.gov/ 

County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/acc 

The Humane Society of the United States
www.humanesociety.org 

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles
https://spcala.com/ 


Written by:
Sergeant Bob Boese
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 
Hall of Justice - First floor  
213-229-1700

Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org
Recruitment LASD: http://www.careers.lasd.org 
Follow LASD HQ via Text and Email: http://www.Nixle.com
https://nixle.com/lasd---los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/  
Twitter: @LASDHQ http://twitter.com/LASDHQ
Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk
Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos
Twitter: @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol
Facebook LASD HQ http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment
Instagram LASD Photos: http://instagram.com/LASDHQ 
Pinterest LASD Photos : http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/
YouTube LASD Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0
SNAP LA County: Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registryhttp://snap.lacounty.gov/
Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system
http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla
Text & Email, Register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for "Nixle" alerts at http://www.Nixle.com and register for "LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept Information Bureau (SIB)" AND your local LASD station area. Or, to receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

"If You See Something, Say Something"

LA Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
 
 Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 

Address/Location
LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
211 E Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 213-229-1700

Navigate & Discover