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Thousand of roosters found at suspected cockfighting site

August 4, 2020 GMT

CHATSWORTH, Calif. (AP) — Up to 3,000 roosters were found and several people were arrested in southern California at a suspected cockfighting operation near Chatsworth, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said investigators with the department’s Community Partnerships Bureau served a search warrant Monday around 7 a.m. at the multi-acre property north of State Route 118, known as the Ronald Reagan Freeway, KNBC-TV reported.

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The search is expected to last a few days and is part of “an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes,” Navarro-Suarez said.

The sheriff’s department, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control are conducting the search.

The Department of Animal Care and Control were inspecting and documenting the animals found, which included a few thousand roosters and several hundred livestock in “various states of health,” Navarro-Suarez said.

No further information was made available.