Richmond men named in major cockfighting bust in Yolo County

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Two Richmond, Calif. men were busted last weekend in connection with a major illegal cockfight on a Yolo County farm, authorities said.

Two Richmond, Calif. men were busted last weekend in connection with a cockfighting event on a Yolo County farm, authorities said.

Miguel Angel Garcia, 51, and Jorge Gonzalez Garcia, 50, both of Richmond, were booked into the Monroe Detention Center in Yolo County on various charges including animal cruelty, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department. The men have since posted the $50,000 bail.

The men were called possible ringleaders of the cockfight along with three others following the raid on a farm at 23490 County Road 28. Authorities received a tip about the bloody bird brawl before raiding the farm about 11 p.m. Saturday.

About 70 people attended the cockfight, including two children, sheriff’s officials said.

The attendees fled in all directions when authorities showed up. Fourteen spectators were caught and cited for attending the cockfight.

The birds fared worse.

“Recovered at the scene were ten dead roosters, 52 live roosters, cockfighting spurs and approximately $15,000 in cash,” the sheriff’s department said.

According to news reports, another 10 birds had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries.

The five suspects who had been booked into jail are scheduled to appear for an arraignment June 18.

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