SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro -- Cockfight raid called nation's largest: "More than 5,000 birds were seized and 50 people were arrested in what's being called the largest cockfighting raid in U.S. history, authorities announced yesterday. Several law enforcement agencies participated in a raid at several locations Saturday in South County, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. The largest of the raids was at a 7-acre compound in Otay Mesa near the border, where 4,400 birds including roosters, hens and chicks were found."
some of our Nation's Heros were involved too. No word if there were any firefighters.
Those arrested were charged with misdemeanors and released. They face up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. About five of those arrested are members of the U.S. military, Dumanis said. An additional 50 people were being sought.
even owning a bird in Cali is enough to get you jail time.
Although cockfighting is illegal throughout the United States, the penalty for possessing fighting roosters varies by state. Owning a cockfighting bird is legal in 16 states. California is one of seven states in which owning a rooster for fighting is a misdemeanor. The charge is a felony in 27 states.