Fla. pizza delivery driver uncovers cockfighting operation
POLK COUNTY, FL - Sheriff's deputies in Florida have busted up an illegal cockfighting ring and breeding operation after they received a tip from a pizza delivery driver.
The driver learned of the rooster fighting activity when he delivered a pizza on Friday, June 19 during the middle of a cockfight. He contacted law enforcement who arrived at the scene to find large amounts of trash scattered around the property along with a rooster fighting ring inside of a large barn. Investigators say the ring was littered with feathers from cocks doing battle.
Deputies searched the property further to find a table used for trimming rooster spurs and over 60 roosters, hens and small chickens in cages. Other cockfighting related paraphernalia seized during the search included several plastic "boxing gloves" used to train roosters to fight without injuring themselves, ceramic spurs attached to roosters to make the birds' strikes more deadly and a fridge containing several bottles of veterinary drugs obtained from Mexico.
Detectives arrested Eliut Juse Serrano Hernandez, 38, and booked him on nine counts of possession of animals for the purpose of fighting or baiting, four counts possession of equipment used for fighting or baiting animals and one count of leasing property for the purpose of fighting or baiting animals.
"We really appreciate this pizza delivery driver calling us. Frankly, I can't understand why someone would ask for a pizza delivery during an illegal cockfight, but are happy to also make house calls. It's pretty funny when you think about it." said Sheriff Grady Judd.
Reports indicate deputies confiscated a total of 123 roosters and chickens.