PLANT CITY — Deputies arrested seven people Sunday at a cockfight, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported.
A caller alerted deputies to the fight in the back yard of a home at 513 Greenway Drive about noon, said sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway.
Deputies found a group of people standing around a pit, Callaway said. Most ran, but seven, including homeowner Guadalupe Herrera, 61, were caught. All face felony charges.
Herrera has been charged with baiting and fighting animals. The other six were charged with attending an event with fighting animals.
They are Carlos Acosta, 35, of Kissimmee; Jesse Alvarez, 61, of Plant City; Isabel Arrellano, 47, of Mulberry; Manuel Flores, 64, of Lakeland; Zhoemy Garciaduran, 18, of Dade City; and Pedro Najera, 51, of Dade City.
At least 70 fight-ready roosters were to be euthanized Sunday, Callaway said. Detectives also found about 30 dead birds; some were dumped in an open pit, others in an empty dog food bag and some carcasses piled in a wheelbarrow.
There were more than 200 roosters and hens at the property, Callaway said. Detectives were still investigating Sunday and expected to make more arrests.
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