October 23, 2014
OASIS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Southern California have killed 134 roosters that were discovered in the small town of Oasis during an investigation into a cockfighting ring.
The Desert Sun reported Friday (http://mydesert.co/IRXo2L) that Riverside County sheriff's deputies also uncovered about 10 boxes of blades used in cockfighting, a cockfighting ring and a large trophy.
John Welsh, a spokesman for the county's Department of Animal Services, says the birds were located after someone called in a report of animal cruelty.
The owner was not arrested but could face $3,000 in fines and citations.
Welsh says the birds had to be killed because they had been raised to be aggressive and couldn't be introduced into a normal farm population.
Oasis is about 120 miles southeast of Los Angeles and is located near Palm Springs.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.