WEST VALINDA — Three men were cited for spectating when police broke up a cockfight in a residential neighborhood Saturday, authorities said.
Deputies responded to reports of a possible cockfight going on in a backyard in the 15000 block of Fairgrove Avenue in the unincorporated county area of West Valinda about 10:20 a.m., Lt. Mark Stevens of the the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Industry Station said.
By the time officers arrived, there were only three men on-hand who were cited for being spectators to a cockfight, the lieutenant said.
More than 50 birds, several of them dead from apparent cockfights, were collected by animal control officials, Stevens said.
Other evidence of cockfighting, such as metal spurs cockfighters attack to their birds’ feet, was also found at the scene, officials said.
The organizers of the cockfight were not identified.
Stevens reminded the public that not only is cockfighting illegal and inhumane, but even attending such an event is a crime.
“It’s actually against the law to attend and watch,” he said. “Just to be a spectator is illegal. You can be arrested for it.”