3 men bound for a cockfighting tournament arrested, accused of cruelty to animals; 10 roosters seized, authorities say
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – Three men bound for a cockfighting tournament were arrested and charged with animal cruelty in Montgomery County over the weekend, the Montgomery Country Precinct 4 Constable’s Office said.
Joseph Arbizu, Jeronimo Barcenas and Mario Benitez were charged with animal cruelty and held in the Montgomery County Jail.
The men were arrested on Saturday during a traffic check. At approximately 8:30 am on October 23, a K9 unit from Montgomery County District 4 observed an SUV committing several traffic violations while traveling on US Highway 59. The deputy called a traffic stop. . When he approached the vehicle, he heard roosters crowing inside.
The deputy learned that the men were linked for a cockfighting tournament. During a consensual search of the vehicle, the deputy found 10 roosters, dozens of “steel slashers”, thousands of dollars in cash, as well as other items “used in the illegal cock-fighting activity. “said the Montgomery Country Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.
The deputies seized the roosters as well as the contraband items.
Montgomery County Animal Services and the District 2 Animal Cruelty Task Force were involved in the investigation and seizure of the birds.
“It is a crime to abuse and kill animals, especially when it is for sport,” said Montgomery County agent Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden. “We will do what is necessary to lock up those suspected of cruelty to animals.”
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