In the largest cockfighting raid ever in U.S. history, 7,000 birds were rescued from a property just outside of Los Angeles, California. The property and its owners who were operating the illegal business had been under investigation for months.
Captain Jeff Perry, from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, shared at a press conference on May 16, 2017, “This, according to the experts here, is the largest seizure in U.S. history of illegal cockfighting roosters.”
The May 15 raid revealed much more than just birds. Perry said other items were seized such as firearms, illegal narcotics, “mobile fighting pits,” “hundreds of slashers,” and syringes and steroids for the birds.
Sadly, wounded and dead roosters were also found. It was a very large operation that was located in an extremely remote area, hidden in a canyon.
The terrain was not easily accessible by cars, so authorities were forced to travel by horseback in order to make the raid possible, and they also captured some employees that made a run for it through the canyon.
The owner was the primary target of the bust, but other arrests were made as well. Perry educated the press, explaining that, “Any type of animal blood sport activity is a serious crime and will not be tolerated in Los Angeles County.”
The animals involved had greatly suffered under the cloud of a vicious and bloody sport. The Humane Society states, “Cockfighting is illegal in every state in the U.S. and a felony in 40 states.”