Here’s an unedited press release just in from the Sheriff’s Department:
After an extensive investigation on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at approximately 10:00 am deputies of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Humane Society of the United States, California Department of Justice, United States Marshall’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and two State Veterinarian’s served a search warrant at two locations. One location was a farm in the 5400 block of Dows Prairie Road, McKinleyville, the other was at a residence in the 700 block of Crannell Road, McKinleyville. The Search Warrant was issued by the Humboldt County Superior Court, and was for investigation of the illegal possession of Gamecocks.
Upon serving the search warrant, deputies located approximately 2000 roosters at the Dows Prairie Road location. Also during their investigation officers located implements consistent with gamecock fighting, including items commonly known as gashers or slashers, trophies, magazines and steroids.
The roosters were all examined by the veterinarians and found to be in good health. Investigators are still on scene, processing the roosters.
No arrests have been made at this time, however suspect(s) have been identified and the case will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office when completed for review and prosecution.
Possession of Gamecocks is a misdemeanor per 597j of the California Penal Code, possession of implements for fighting birds is also a misdemeanor per 597i of the California Penal Code.
Questions regarding Gamecock fighting may be directed to the United States Humane Society, Public Information Officer Jordan Crump, 1-301-546-7793, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Humane Society of the United States Website.
GARY PHILP, SHERIFF