Two men are facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly holding cockfights at a Phoenix, Arizona, home.
On Wednesday afternoon, December 26, around 1:50 p.m., police received a complaint about possible cockfighting at a home near 7th Street and Southern Avenue. When the responding officer drove by the location, he saw a group of about 10 to 12 people who appeared to be cheering on two roosters that were fighting in a plywood ring in the center, said Phoenix Police spokesman James Holmes.
As more officers arrived on scene, most of the people fled. However police were able to detain the homeowner and two brothers Jesus Avalos, 20, and Ademir Avalos, 24, who stayed to clean up feathers and blood and start to dismantle the plywood ring.
Police say both men admitted to raising chickens in the yard and breeding them to sell in Mexico for about $150 to $200 each.
Both Jesus Avalos and Ademir Avalos also admitted to participating in the fight by weighing the roosters.They also said there was gambling involved.
During a search of the property, authorities found gaffs and materials used to secure the legs of the roosters for fighting. They also found antibiotics, vitamins, scales and a ledger used for betting, said Holmes.Arizona Humane Society was called and took 132 roosters and hens from the property.
Holmes said the Avalos brothers were arrested on three counts each of cruelty to animals and cockfighting.
Authorities say the investigation into the homeowner’s involvement is ongoing.