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Cockfighting: 11 Suspects, 179 Charges Reported in Plant City Bust

Deputies identified suspects and reported 179 charges following a cockfighting ring bust in Plant City on New Year’s Day, 2013. Charges included cruelty to animals and betting on animal fighting.

 

In all, 179 charges have been filed after deputies busted a cockfight in Plant City on New Year's Day, according to a report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Eleven people face charges, including two people who face 81 charges each (see chart below).

According to the updated sheriff's report, deputies, backed by air-service, arrived at the scene, at 513 Greenway Drive in Plant City, and witnessed a cockfight under way.

"In the backyard, there was a cockfighting ring with one dead rooster inside, with another live rooster actively attacking it," the report notes. "Three other roosters were located nearby, with two found in a recently dug hole."

In all, there reportedly were more tha 50 roosters being raised on the property, "in individual pens for the purpose of cockfighting."

Hillsborough County Animal Services responded to seize the animals.

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Plant City Cockfighting Ring Bust: Suspects And Charges

Suspect Address Charges Counts Guadalupe Herrera, 54 513 Greenway Drive, Plant City Owning equipment for use in animal fighting    28 Owning domestic animal for the purpose of fighting    46 Cruelty to animals    5 Betting on animal fighting    1 Owning property for the purpose of animal fighting    1 Peggy Cole 513 Greenway Drive, Plant City Owning equipment for use in animal fighting    28 Owning domestic animal for the purpose of fighting    46 Cruelty to animals    5 Betting on animal fighting    1 Owning property for the purpose of animal fighting    1 Rachel Moreno, 21 513 Greenway Drive, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Andrew Mendoza, 23 1306 Candy Cane Lane, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Porfirio Cruz, 22 513 Greenway Drive, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Abel Villanueva-Hidalgo 511 Langord Drive East, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Armando Reyes-Burgos, 23 1310 East Trapnell Road, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Antonio Gutierrez-Trevino, 22 3300 Boot Bay Road, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Alejandrino Toribio-Gomez, 41 609 Ball Street, Plant City Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Davey Leyva, 19 7317 Jill Lane, Zephyrhills Attending the fighting of animals    1 Betting on animal fighting    1 Miguel Romo, 29 307 Wilder Road, Plant City Resist an office without violence    1 Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

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