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Cock-a-doodle death again

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Three men were arrested and more than 600 fighting roosters were seized May 4 in a major raid against cockfighting in Nipomo, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff deputies, investigators from the Humane Society, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff personnel swept onto a farm at 1120 Grace Lane. The farm was being used as a cockfighting training camp, said Rob Bryn, sheriff’s department spokesman.

According to a department press release, Paul Castellanos and Andy Castellanos were booked on charges of possession of birds with intent to fight and cockfighting implements, and Juan Leva Corral was arrested on a charge of possessing fighting birds.

The roosters that have been trained to fight will be destroyed, said Bryn, but there might be some cocks on the farm that were not yet put through the fighting regimen and they might survive.

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