The deputy told the officers that everyone except the property owner ran from the scene when he had arrived at about 8:30 a.m.
The property owner claimed he was holding a “show.”
One of the animal control officers made contact with the man, who told the officer that they were putting on a show where “they put little plastic things on the bird’s legs and watch them box.”
The officer informed the property owner that it is illegal to possess any gamecock for fighting. The man surrendered 48 cockfighting roosters to Riverside County for humane euthanasia and was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The property contained a bird-fighting ring, constructed of aluminum side paneling, a scale to weigh the birds and numerous bird boxes containing live birds inside locked vehicles.