2 Juveniles, 12 Adults Arrested On Cockfight Charges

More than a dozen people were arrested Sunday after deputies said they busted a cockfighting ring in East Bakersfield.

Deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Department said they went to a home in the 1400 block of Reese Avenue and saw a person leaving the home with a rooster and cockfighting paraphernalia.

The deputy said he went to the rear of the home and located an additional 40 to 50 people in the backyard.

Deputies said 12 adults were arrested and charged with participating in cockfighting ring, along with two juveniles.

Deputies and Animal Control Officers said they located 18 dead roosters, 25 live roosters and 1 injured rooster with a gaff still attached to one of its legs. In addition, fighting rooster paraphernalia was located in the backyard along with containers used to transport the fighting roosters.

The following people were arrested on charges of conspiracy, participation in a cockfight and being a spectator at a cockfight:

Jose Ugalde Sr., 40; Jose Ugalde Jr., 19; Mario Munoz, 20; Angel Lopez, 27; Pedro Rodriguez, 50; Jose Hernandez, 25; Ulberto Madina, 29; Christopher Guillen, 58; Angel Garcia, 31; Mayerling Martinez, 19; Veronica Bermudez, 30; Armando Ramirez, 23; and the two juveniles ages 16 and 13.

Jose Ugalde Sr. was also arrested on charges of child endangerment.

The adults were taken to the Central Receiving Facility for booking. The juveniles were taken to Juvenile Hall for booking. Animal Control Officers seized the living and dead roosters.

The Sheriff's Office says it is rare for them to catch cockfighting in a residential area. It is more common in rural areas because it is easier to go unnoticed.

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