PETITION TARGET: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
UPDATE (4/25/2022): Officers filed numerous animal cruelty misdemeanor and felony charges against nine people during the warrant process. Seven have taken diversion deals involving probation and restitution fines, with two still pending proceedings, the lead investigator with LASD COPS Bureau told LFT. For those facing animal cruelty felonies, prosecutors have been seeking five years probation and a ban on owning animals for that time, he said. The investigator declined at this time to provide the names of the individuals and specific details of sentencing, citing the two pending cases in court, but said additional details would be available at a later date. –Lady Freethinker Staff
During an alarming animal cruelty investigation, California authorities seized thousands of roosters likely bred for illegal cockfighting from dirty, cramped cages at an LA County ranch, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Several hundred other animals — including caged dogs and injured horses — in “various states of health” were also seized.
Cockfighting is banned in all 50 states and typically involves putting two roosters into a tight space and forcing them to fight to the death, shredding each other to pieces in the process.
Often, roosters are given performance-enhancing drugs and wear knives or other dagger-like attachments to help puncture lungs, break bones, and pierce eyes.
Authorities are still investigating this case, and no one has been criminally charged. If found guilty, the suspect(s) must be held accountable for raising thousands of innocent roosters for illegal cockfighting.
Sign this petition urging the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to use all available resources for a thorough investigation of this disturbing case and to charge anyone involved in illegal cockfighting activities.