With information from the Kings County Animal Control office, the Kings County Sheriff’s Department busted a cock fighting operation just northeast of Corcoran Friday, April 27.
Animal control officials had been receiving complaints for several weeks regarding individuals entering the property of Isias Serrano near the 23000 block of 5 ½ Ave. Neighbors said a rooster fight would take place shortly thereafter. The fights took place near a trailer where Serrano, 43, was living. The case was then sent to the Rural Crimes detectives for further investigation.
The detectives were able to develop enough information to obtain a search warrant for the residence and property, which was served in the early morning hours Friday.
The detectives, with the help of animal control officials from Kings County, Hanford, Corcoran, were ultimately able to seize 76 roosters, along with 33 hens. Many of the roosters appeared to have been involved in a fight recently, given the fresh wounds present. In addition, a considerable amount of rooster-fighting paraphernalia was also seized.
A majority of the fighting roosters had to be euthanized as a humane resolution, due to their injuries.
Kings County Environmental Health was also called to the scene after deputies found the home to be in violation of health and safety standards.
This is the second time Serrano has been arrested for this crime. He faced a similar arrest in Tulare County in 2013. The current case has been turned over to the Kings County District Attorney.