279 birds seized in Palmdale cockfighting raid


Authorities say they've disbanded a Los Angeles County cockfighting ring and seized nearly 300 birds.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Monday that most of the birds were roosters being groomed for fighting. Forty hens were being used for breeding.

The birds were seized in a raid Thursday in an unincorporated area near Palmdale.

The department says 63-year-old Amado Herrera is being investigated for possession of fighting birds.

The birds were seized by Los Angeles County Animal Control. Investigators also seized a shotgun and ammunition and equipment used in cockfighting.