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    Release Number: 13-001

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 2, 2013
    • Contact Person:
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    Deputies Break Up Cockfighting Ring

    Eleven people arrested.
    • Tuesday
    • January 1, 2013
    • Time: 11:45 AM
    • 513 Greenway Drive
    • Plant City, Florida

    Suspects:


    Guadalupe Herrera
    DOB: 5-24-48
    513 Greenway Drive
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Owning equipment for use in animal fighting (28 counts)
    • Owning domestic animal for the purpose of fighting (46 counts)
    • Cruelty to animals (5 counts)
    • Betting on animal fighting
    • Owning property for the purpose of animal fighting


    Peggy Cole
    DOB:  10-07-66
    513 Greenway Drive
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Owning equipment for use in animal fighting (28 counts)
    • Owning domestic animal for the purpose of fighting (46 counts)
    • Cruelty to animals (5 counts)
    • Betting on animal fighting
    • Owning property for the purpose of animal fighting


    Rachel Moreno
    DOB: 5-3-91
    513 Greenway Drive
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Andrew Mendoza
    DOB: 5-9-89
    1306 Candy Cane Lane
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Porfirio Cruz
    DOB: 9-15-90
    513 Greenway Drive
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Abel Villanueva-Hidalgo
    DOB:  4/16/80
    511 Langord Drive East
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Amanda Reyes-Burgo
    DOB: 7-19-89
    1310 East Trapnell Road
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Antonio Gutierrez-Trevino
    DOB: 8-17-90
    3300 Boot Bay Road
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Alejandrino Toribio-Gomez
    DOB: 7-17-71
    609 Ball Street
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 cont)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Davey Leyva
    DOB: 1-11-93
    7317 Jill Lane
    Zephyrhills

    Charges:
    • Attending the fighting of animals (1 count)
    • Betting on animal fighting (1 count)


    Miguel Romo
    DOB: 9-27-83
    307 Wilder Road
    Plant City

    Charges:
    • Resist an office without violence

    Details:

    Deputies responded to a report of cockfighting in progress at 513 Greenway Drive in Plant City. When deputies arrived, they observed a fight ongoing in the backyard. Deputies approached and numerous individuals began to flee on foot from the scene. Several deputies along with air-service responded to the assist at the scene. Eleven individuals were detained and arrested. In the backyard, there was a cockfighting ring with one dead rooster inside, with another live rooster actively attacking it. Three other roosters were located nearby, with two found in a recently dug hole. There were more than 50 roosters being raised on the property, in individual pens for the purpose of cockfighting. Animal Control responded to the scene to seize animals.
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