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Littlerock man charged with owning 28 birds for cockfighting

April 01, 2014|By Richard Winton

A Littlerock man was charged Tuesday with owning more than two dozen game birds altered for cockfighting after a property search was conducted last month by L.A. County sheriff's deputies.

Inocencio Rodríguez Aguirre, 46, faces 28 misdemeanor counts of possession of a bird for fighting, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Daniel Rochmes.

Deputies carrying a search warrant raided the property at East R4 on Feb. 27 based on a tip of possible cockfighting.

They found about 150 game birds on the property, 28 of them in fighting trim. Prosecutors said the birds had cut combs and wattles to prevent injuries during a fight. In addition, the birds' spurs were filed down so that  blades could be attached, Rochmes said

Aguirre was being held in lieu of $140,000 bail. Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum possible sentence of one year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

 

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