published on August 10, 2016 - 7:19 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
With assistance from local law enforcement, the Central California SPCA took custody of nearly 150 roosters and hens found on a property in southwest Fresno County.

The incident occurred on Aug. 2.

Approximately 50 fighting roosters were euthanized on site and the remaining 100 hens, used for breeding, and chicks were collected and transported to the CCSPCA for sheltering.

Cockfighting is a brutal blood sport where the roosters are forced to fight, often to the death for the entertainment and financial gain of their owners.

“The CCSPCA lends its expertise in animal fighting and collection to local authorities to help put an end to this disturbing activity and secure justice for the animal victims,” stated a press release issued by the nonprofit organization.

CCSPCA officials said animal cruelty complaints are very often intertwined with domestic abuse, drug, gang and other criminal activity.

Additional evidence taken from the property, located at 103 S. Hughes Ave., included fighting gaffs and medicine used to treat roosters for fighting.

The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s office for filing.

To report animal cruelty, call (559) 233-7722 or visit Central California SPCA.

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