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36 fighting roosters seized from Victorville home

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Sheriff’s officials seized 36 fighting roosters from a home in the unincorporated area of Victorville.

On Wednesday, March 21, at about 9:50 am, deputies responded to the 11300 block of Salem Avenue after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Rural Crime Task Force gathered information on the fighting bird compound at the residence.

Officials arrived and found 36 fighting roosters housed in separate cages and two roosters were deceased in a wheel-barrel.

“Both deceased roosters had lacerations and punctures which were consistent with injuries sustained during a cock fight. In addition, both roosters had “mole skin” on one foot, wrapped around the leg and natural spur. This method is used by cock fighters to protect the rooster’s leg from the fighting knife once it is applied,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

In all, 36 fighting roosters were seized. Game bird fighting implements, medical supplements and stimulants were also seized. Many birds had their combs and waddles cut off in preparation for fighting.

The case is being forwarded to the district attorney’s office for filing and an additional suspect is being sought.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Randy Stanley or Deputy Robert Oakleaf at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Lucerne Valley Sub-Station, (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

Fighting roosters in California is a felony, and birds being raised for this purpose are eventually subject to injury and probable death in a severe form of animal cruelty. Birds which are injured or killed in a fight are often thrown into a dumpster or trashcan to be discarded.
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