LA County Deputies Bust Cockfighting Ring, Seize 7,000 Birds

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR - DECEMBER 06: Gamecocks fight at a cockpit as their owners and the public make bets in Antananarivo, Madagascar on December 06, 2014. Cockfight is a blood sport between two roosters which are specially bred birds, conditioned for increased stamina and strength. Cock fighting in Madagascar dates back …
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AWR HAWKINS

On Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies busted a cockfighting ring on a farm in Val Verde and seized 7,000 birds.

The birds consisted of roosters, hens, and chicks.

According to KPCC, deputies found “mobile cockfighting pits, slashing blades used during fights to the death and other equipment” on the property. They also found goats, “about 50 guard dogs,” and two handguns.

Ten persons — including the property owner — were detained.

The Santa Clara Valley Signal reports that the seized fighting birds “have to be humanely killed.”  A Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control spokeswoman said, “There is no sanctuary for fighting birds. This is because they are very aggressive and cannot be housed with any other chickens. Even the hens would attack other hens. These are not pets.”

The property on which the birds were seized consisted of roughly 80 acres. About six Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicles were involved in the raid on the property, and they were joined by “the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Humane Society of the United States and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.”

Once on the property, officers used bullhorns to communicate because of the volume of noise made by the birds.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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