Deputies were dispatched at 1 p.m. to the 11000 block of Cox Road for a large group of people fighting roosters, according to a release from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. When deputies arrived there, more than 50 men began to run from an old building on the property, the release stated.
Several of the men jumped into the San Joaquin River to get away from the deputies.
When the deputies searched the building from which the men had fled, they found more than 35 live roosters in wood boxes in addition to the dead roosters. Deputies have called animal control to assist in the investigation. No arrests had been made as of 4:30 p.m.
However, neighbors said it appeared people fleeing the scene had been found inside two vehicles that flipped into a ditch further north on Cox Road. They said the building holding the cockfighting operation was an abandoned dairy barn.
Anyone with information about this investigation can call the sheriff’s department at 525-7114 or leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also email tips at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.
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