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Hesperia Man Arrested for Cruelty to Animals



HESPERIA, Calif. ( A 56-year-old resident of Hesperia identified as Raul Rodriguez, was arrested for animal cruelty after authorities located several dead roosters at his residence.

On Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at approximately 3:30 p.m. deputies from the Rural Crimes Task Force and the Gang Division served a search warrant at an address in the 11800 block of Ninth Avenue in the City of Hesperia.

During the search warrant, deputies located items and instruments used in cockfighting and training for cockfighting. Rural Crimes Task Force Deputies Robert Oakleaf and Randy Stanley assumed the investigation and located several dead roosters at the location. The roosters had deep lacerations, indicative of having been involved in recent fights. Also located on the property were live roosters.

Raul Rodriguez was arrested and transported to High Desert Detention Center for housing where he was booked on charges on cruelty to animals.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Robert Oakleaf at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Lucerne Sub-Station at (760) 248-7655. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at


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