Calaveras County deputies break up cockfighting ring

02/11/2013 12:34 PM

02/11/2013 11:23 PM

Calaveras County sheriff's deputies arrested three men and cited 10 others at an alleged cockfighting ring in Burson.

About 8:30 p.m. Friday, deputies received a report of a possible cock fight at a residence in the 14000 block of Hunter Road. When they arrived, deputies saw a man holding a flashlight standing outside a large shop building on the property.

As deputies walked toward the shop, 35 to 45 people ran toward the rear exit of the building. Deputies detained several of them.

With help from Calaveras County Animal Services, deputies located cock fighting paraphernalia, including fighting cages, gaffs, gaff holders, scissors, weights, stopwatches, receipt books and clubs.

They found a bag containing 4.5 grams of marijuana, and three black garbage bags that held 18 deceased birds from prior fights. Thirty-nine live birds were confiscated and turned over to Animal Services as evidence.

The shop contained a snack bar where food and alcohol were being sold.

Deputies cited 10 people for animal cruelty. They arrested Randolph Lee Lumactod, 25, and Luis Padilla Jr., 53, both of Burson, on charges of animal cruelty and cockfighting.

A third man, David Socrates Valdez, 29, of North Highlands was arrested for public intoxication, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

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