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Over 100 fighting roosters seized in Hesperia; suspect at large

HESPERIA, Calif. (news release) – Deputies Rob Oakleaf and Randy Stanley, of the Sheriff’s Department’s Rural Crime Task Force, gathered information regarding a fighting game bird operation at a residence in the 11300 block of Hickory Avenue in the City of Hesperia.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and both detectives and deputies from Victor Valley, Apple Valley and Hesperia Sheriff’s Stations assisted in the service of the warrant.

During the service of the search warrant many roosters were found housed in separate cages on the property. Hesperia Animal Control officers assisted with the investigation at the residence and seized 119 birds from the location.

The suspect, Raul Rodriguez, 57, of Hesperia is outstanding at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this crime, or the whereabouts of Raul Rodriguez, should contact Deputy Rob Oakleaf or Randy Stanley at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, Lucerne Valley Substation, (760) 248-7655. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.

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