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2 Apple Valley men arrested; 53 fighting roosters seized

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( – Deputies seized 53 fighting roosters and arrested two Apple Valley men in possession of cockfighting instruments early Friday morning, officials said.

It happened February 2, 2018, in the 15400 block of Apache Road in Apple Valley when the Sheriff’s Rural Crime Task Force along with Sheriff’s Specialized Detectives and detectives from the Victor Valley Station served a search warrant for evidence of a fighting game bird operation.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments Rural Crime Task Force assisted with gathering information on the suspects from contacts in their county, and assisted with the search of the location.

“In all 53 fighting roosters were seized, along with game bird fighting implements, injectable supplements and game bird fighting publications. Most of the roosters had their combs and waddles cut off in preparation for fighting. The roosters had their natural spurs trimmed for the placement of metal knives,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

The primary suspect, Ruben Rodriguez, 45, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of an AR-15 rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition. Three additional firearms were located in the residence.

Alexander Rodriguez was found to be in possession of multiple cockfighting knives. Ruben Rodriguez was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center. Alexander Rodriguez was arrested and cite released.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputies Robert Oakleaf or Randy Stanley at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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