Friday, February 8, 2008

Animal Cruelty Arrest, Injured Roosters Seized

A man was arrested Thursday after deputies found more than two dozen injured roosters and hens and suspected cockfighting rings at his home in Golden Gate Estates.

Pedro Ravelo Fiallo, 35, 2460 35th Ave. N.E., was charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty and 13 counts of animal abandonment.

Reports say deputies, acting on a tip, arrived at Fiallo’s home around 10:50 p.m. Fiallo ran out of the back porch toward the rear of the property, as if to flee. Deputies ordered him to stop and he did.

In the back yard in plain view were a large number of roosters in cages in an area that appeared to be an arena used for cockfighting. Spurs, muzzles, boxing gloves and other paraphernalia used in cockfighting were near the cages, reports said.

A total of 25 roosters and hens were found inside the cages, reports said. All of the birds had evidence of injuries received from being fought or mistreated. Thirteen of the birds were being deprived of food and water.

Animal control officers examined the birds and removed the birds from the property. Collier County Domestic Animal Services has possession of the birds.

Deputies continue to investigate.