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Deputies seize 119 roosters, seek Hesperia man in suspected game fighting operation

By in Press Enterprise on January 5, 2018

By Staff report

Sheriff’s deputies seized 119 roosters alleged to be part of a game fighting operation in Hesperia and are searching for a suspect.

Deputies Rob Oakleaf and Randy Stanley gathered information about the birds at a home in the 11300 block of Hickory Avenue and obtained a search warrant, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Detectives and deputies from sheriff’s stations in Victor Valley, Apple Valley and Hesperia helped serve the warrant about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff’s personnel found many roosters housed in separate cages at the residence. Hesperia Animal Control officers assisted with seizing the dozens of birds.

A suspect, identified as Raul Rodriguez, 57, of Hesperia, remains outstanding, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about the roosters or Rodriguez can contact deputies Oakleaf or Stanley at the sheriff’s Lucerne Valley station, at 760-248-7655. Anonymous information can be reported to WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or at


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