A large group of cheering men in a rural part of Polk County led to the arrests of 17 men on suspicion they were taking part in a cockfighting operation described as “very professional” by the county sheriff.
Officers raided a rural area of Polk County Monday and found a massive grave of freshly killed roosters, drawers full of sharp fighting spurs for birds and $25,000 in cash.
A bloody fighting box where the roosters apparently fought to the death was also found at the scene, police said.
Two of the 17 men captured and arrested were from Orlando; Oscar Herrara, 36, and Jose Herrara, 40, according to police. One of the men had a hat on that said “cockfighting.”
Near the grave of rooster corpses, officers found seven badly scarred birds still alive. They were euthanized, the report said.