Cock Block

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Posted April 2, 2009 in News

Call it cock-a-doodle-don’t. This week, Riverside County officials euthanized 71 roosters that were being used for cock fighting at a Perris home. About 20 dead birds were also found and removed—victims of the bloody sport, says John Welsh, spokesman for the county’s Department of Animal Services. “Birds are often fought to the death,” he says. “We think these types of events are barbaric and we don’t want to see them in our county.” Cock fighting is illegal across the U.S. The homeowner, Maria Sanchez, admitted to renting out her garage for cockfighting and was cited for animal cruelty, Welsh adds. Officials discovered a cock fighting ring at the Hunter Street home March 29 as well as metal spurs worn around the birds’ legs to cut their opponents. Welsh said such operations are common in rural unincorporated areas of the county. Border Patrol agents nabbed six male participants who were found to be in the U.S. illegally, he said. The 71 birds were euthanized because they were raised for cockfighting, would not have been suitable for adoption and would likely have ended up back in cockfighting circles, Welsh adds


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