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5 arrested in connection to illegal cockfighting ring in Oxnard

Five men were arrested on Sunday in connection to a suspected illegal cockfighting ring at a home in Oxnard.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on the 3500 block of Orange Drive after a community member reported what they believed to be rooster fighting happening at the home. Deputies arrived and detained five people and confiscated significant evidence of cockfighting.

Deputies arrested five Oxnard men in connection to the incident:

Keni Medina, 37 Peter Robledo, 30 Edgar Martinez, 24 Trinidad Gonzales, 40 Rafael Beltran, 56

The men could face various charges related to possession of fighting birds, possession of slashers, being a spectator at an animal fight, and animal fighting.

Deputies searched the residence and located more than 60 live birds, including fighting roosters, hens and baby chicks locked in makeshift cages. They also located four dead fighting roosters which had injuries consistent with cockfighting.

They also located more than 40 sharp blades, boxing gloves, a scale believed to be used to weigh the birds, numerous bottles of animal vitamins, curing agents, and other items used in the illegal fighting of birds.

Ventura County Animal Services Unit assisted in recovering the dead and live birds used to fight.

It is illegal for any person to participate in or spectate any kind of animal fighting.

If you have any information about anyone using any kind of animal to fight, you should notify local law enforcement.

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