Five men are behind bars after Franklin County sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s 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.
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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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