spcaLA Assists in Investigation of Illegal Blood Sport in Lancaster

Los Angeles, CA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Partnerships Bureau and County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control as part of a continuing animal cruelty investigation involving the breeding and fighting of game fowl. Over 400 game fowl believed to be used in illegal “cock fighting” events were found at the location in the 8800 Block of Pillsbury Avenue in Lancaster.

spcaLA Humane Officers have been conducting evidence searches and anticipate finishing up their involvement in the investigation today.

Several people were detained at the locations but no arrest have been made at this time.

“spcaLA is proud to participate in this operation the LA Sheriff’s Department and will continue to provide support and partner with fellow law enforcement officers to investigate and combat animal cruelty in our communities,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President.

spcaLA Humane Officers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and members of spcaLA’s Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)™ and staff recently provided support to the LA Sheriff’s Department in May 2017 in what is believed to be the largest fighting fowl seizure in US history in Val Verde.
To report illegal blood sports, such as cockfighting, please contact local law enforcement or the spcaLA Animal Cruelty Tipline at 1-800-540-7722.

spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California when investigating animal cruelty. spcaLA is a non-profit agency that relies on donations for its programs and services, including animal cruelty investigations. To donate, please click here or call 323-730-5300 x233.