spcaLA Assists in Seizure of 7,000 Game Fighting Fowl in Los Angeles County

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 Blood Sport Crime Team and County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control in what is purported to be the largest game fighting fowl seizure in US history. This operation occurred on May 15th, 2017 on the 29000 Block of Jackson Street in Val Verde California.

spcaLA Humane Officers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and members of spcaLA’s Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)™ and staff provided support for the May 15th operation. spcaLA will continue to lend their assistance and expertise for as long as it is needed.

According to the County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Information Bureau, approximately 100 law enforcement personnel located and seized approximately 7,000 fowl used in Illegal cockfighting, as well as several mobile fighting rings, gaffs (razor hook implements attached to the roosters claws), medications, and other items indicative of illegal cock fighting.

“spcaLA was founded in 1877 to uphold and enforce animal cruelty laws,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “spcaLA is proud to participate in this elite operation and we look forward to providing continued support and partnering with fellow law enforcement officers.”

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 visit spcaLA.com or call 323-730-5300 x233.