MESA — Five men are behind bars after Franklin County sheriffs deputies broke up a cockfight Saturday outside a Mesa home.
About 100 roosters found on the property in the ensuing search were identified as being trained for fighting, according to a sheriffs office news release.
Deputies were sent to the property in the 4000 block of Langford Road at 12:10 p.m. for reports of rooster fighting.
As the deputies pulled up to the trailer and its surrounding property, about 20 to 30 men reportedly scattered on foot and in vehicles.
Arrested on suspicion of animal fighting were: Gonzalo U. Arroyo, 43; Francisco J. Villanueva Gomez, 20; Artisteo Isordia, 28; Antonio Vasquez, 35; and Roberto Jurado Ordaz, 51.
Pasco police, Kennewick K-9 officers and their dogs, the Washington state Gambling Commission and the state Department of Fish & Wildlife assisted in the investigation.
Evidence seized during the search showed the home and the property were being used as a training facility for roosters to fight, the news release said.
Nobody was injured during the bust or the search, the sheriff's office reported.
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