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11 arrested after cockfighting ring discovered in Plant City

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:58 AM
TAMPA -

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say they've broken up a cockfighting ring in Plant City.

Deputies responded to reports of cockfighting at 513 Greenway Drive Tuesday morning and discovered a cockfight in progress, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Several people fled on foot from the area.

Deputies arrested 11 people, according to the news release.

Guadalupe Herrera, 64, and Peggy Cole, both of 513 Greenway Drive, were charged with owning equipment for use in animal fighting, owning domestic animal for the purpose of fighting, cruelty to animals, betting on animal fighting and owning property for the purpose of animal fighting.

Eight others were charged with attending the fighting of animals and betting on animal fighting. They include: Rachel Moreno, 21, 513 Greenway Drive; Andrew Mendoza, 23, 1306 Candy Cane Lane; Porfirio Cruz, 22, 513 Greenway Drive; Abel Villanueva-Hidalgo, 511 Langord Drive East; Armando Reyes-Burgos, 23, 1310 E. Trapnell Road; Antonio Gutierrez-Trevino, 22, 3300 Boot Bay Road; Alejandrino Toribio-Gomez, 41, 609 Ball St.; Davey Leyva, 19, 7317 Jill Lane, Zephyrhills. Miguel Romo, 29, 307 Wilder Road, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

In the backyard, there was a cockfighting ring with one dead rooster and

another rooster actively attacking it. Three more roosters were located

nearby; two found in a recently dug hole, the sheriff's office said.

There were more than 50 roosters on the property, in individual pens for the purpose of cockfighting, the sheriff's office said. Animal Control seized the animals.

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