spcaLA Assists in Seizure of Game Fighting Fowl in Palmdale Area

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 in serving a search warrant as a part of a continuing animal cruelty investigation involving the breeding and fighting of game fowl. This operation occurred on July 10, 2018 on the 9800 block of East Avenue S in Little Rock, California.

spcaLA partnered with LASD to plan the operation and were also on the entry team. spcaLA Humane Officers were able to capture several dogs on the property to prevent the animals from being injured while the deputies performed their duties. spcaLA Humane Officers also assisted during the search and processing of evidence. 112 roosters, many of whom were scarred and injured and believed to be used in illegal “cock fighting” were found at the location, along with 6 dogs and 4 horses.

Personnel from Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control also responded to assist.

“spcaLA was founded in 1877 to uphold and enforce animal cruelty laws,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “We are always ready to assist fellow law enforcement when we are able.”

Several people were detained and arrests are pending. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Community Partnerships Bureau at (323) 981-5300.

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.