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Deputies Break 2nd Cockfighting Ring In 3 Weeks

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<span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>Fresno County Sheriffs busted a second cockfighting operation in the last three weeks. This time it happened at a golf course.<br /></span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>The Selma Valley Golf Course was closed for business on Sunday, but deputies say dozens of cars were parked inside to watch roosters be forced to fight to death while making bets. The Sheriffs helicopter was first on scene after getting a call about illegal activity.&nbsp; Sheriff spokesperson Tony Botti said their siren immediately sent about 300 people scattering, they wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible.</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>A cockfighting ring had been built on the property where there are empty sheds and black tarp blocking the view from E. Nebraska Ave. The business owners said they were unaware of anything happening.</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>&quot;We’re trying to look at how somebody was able to get access to this and how long these cockfights had been taking place at this location,&quot; Tony Botti said.</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>Deputies found evidence bets were being made, 47 dead roosters and 29 that were still alive. They were picked up by Liberty Animal Control officers and are being held as evidence.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>Only fourteen roosters are still alive, the others were euthanized due to their injuries. Tony Botti said &quot;This is a vicious activity, it’s leaving animals dead and people need to speak up and report it so we can put a stop to it.&quot;</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>In February 102 roosters were taken to the Central California SPCA after sheriffs busted another operation in Southwest Fresno. They’re all still at the SPCA and once the District Attorney concludes its case, they may also be euthanized.</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>Animal Control Officer Andrew Little said &quot;Unfortunately since these animals have been trained to fight to the death, there’s really no other option but to put them down humanely.&quot;</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /><span style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’>Deputies spoke to six men in the property and they were all cited on misdemeanor charges of being spectators but deputies were unable to find those responsible for running the fights.</span><br style=’font: 13.33px/normal "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;’ /></div>

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