Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Hillsborough deputies bust Plant City cockfight

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies broke up a cockfighting game at a Plant City home Tuesday morning, authorities said.

A tip about a cockfighting ring led deputies to 513 Greenway Drive, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. When deputies arrived, a cockfight was in progress. People tried to scatter, but deputies detained 11 of those in attendance, Carter said.

Investigators found one rooster dead with another attacking it. Two more roosters were found in a fresh grave. More than 50 roosters were being raised on the property in individual pens. Hillsborough County Animal Control took all the animals into custody.

The owner of the 513 Greenway Drive home, Peggy Cole, and Guadalupe Herrera, 64, were arrested and charged with 28 counts of owning equipment for use in animal fighting, 46 counts of owning domestic animals for the purpose of fighting, five counts of cruelty to animals, one count of betting on animal fighting and one count of owning property for the purpose of animal fighting.

Two other residents of the house, 21-year-old Rachel Moreno and 22-year-old Porfirio Cruz, were charged with attending the fighting of animals and betting on animal fighting.

Deputies used the same charges to arrest six other people: Andrew Mendoza, 23, Abel Villanueva-Hidalgo, Armando Reyes-Burgos, 23, Antonio Gutierrez-Trevino, 22, Alejandrino Toribio-Gomez, 41, all of Plant City; and Davey Leyva, 19, of Zephyrhills.

Miguel Romo, 29, of Plant City, was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

The incident is still under investigation.

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