Authorities Raid Cockfighting Operation

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 5, 2007

Sheriff’s deputies say as many as 600 birds were involved in the elaborate cockfighting and breeding operation. Eric Sakach, who heads the Sacramento office of the Humane Society of the United States, saw the site for himself.

"It’s a pretty horrific operation out here. It’s one of the larger operations we’ve seen."

Sakach says county officials should follow the lead of other nearby counties and adopt an ordinance restricting the number of fowl someone can own.  

"There are a number of model ordinances out there and we’d certainly support or help the supervisors with the wording on an ordinance."

And he says California should pass tougher laws. Right now, it’s a misdemeanor to hold a cockfight. But in neighboring states, where the penalties are tougher, it’s a felony. Sakach says California’s relatively lax law is attracting cockfighters from other areas.