An estimated 1000 gamecocks discovered in Ontario in what Inland Valley Humane Society officials describe as one of the largest findings ever.
Two suspects are now facing charges related to their suspected involvement. Antonio Cacayorin Mendoza, 57, of Chino was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor cockfighting, and Dominador Oposcolo Soliven, 55, of Hemet was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty, police Sgt. Rob Freire said.
Ontario police and officers from the Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA on Sunday found the illegal activities in the 13100 block of Cucamonga Avenue.
The gamecocks were found, along with paraphernalia typically used in cockfighting. Cockfighting involves trained roosters fighting each other in duels with blades attached to their feet, often to the death.
Authorities say Illegal cockfighting is common in the agricultural areas of Chino and Ontario.