Cuban from Miami arrested for raising and selling fighting cocks

Police found approximately 100 roosters located at the north end of the property

El cubano Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (i) y Autoridades en la residencia donde fueron encontrados los gallos (d) © Captura de Telemundo51
The Cuban Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (i) and Authorities at the residence where the roosters were found (d) Photo © Telemundo51 Capture

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A Cuban man was arrested for raising and selling fighting cocks and faces several animal cruelty charges, according to Miami-Dade Police Department records.

Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, 47, was arrested after the Kendall General Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at his residence, whereThey found about a hundred roosters.

At the property, located at 18301 Southwest Miami-Dade and 184th Street,The authorities found, in addition to the hundred roosters - some dead - two training rings for bird fighting, as well as medicines, syringes and spurs.

The roosters were found andslaughtered immediatelyby the authorities.

“These birds are subject to unimaginable cruelty and conditioned to violence as their only means of survival. “Miami-Dade County Animal Services follows recommendations to humanely euthanize birds rescued from game farms or cockfights because, unfortunately, they cannot be rehabilitated,” County Animal Services argued in a statement. of Miami-Dade.

According to the police record - cited byTelemundo 51- Miguel Ángel Rodríguez sold the roosters to individuals in Puerto Rico for a value that ranged between 40 and 50 dollars per capita.

Until 2008, cockfighting was legal in Puerto Rico, but Congress changed the law that year.

Currently, cockfighting is illegal in all states. Florida is one of the 42 United States territories in which it is considered a serious crime.

Although Rodríguez was arrested and taken to the county jail, he was released on bail a few hours later, as confirmed by local media.

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