• Soledad Cockfight Results in 42 Arrests

    Monterey County sheriff’s deputies received information from a citizen regarding a cockfighting event planned to take place in Soledad on January 10, 2015. Deputies conducted further investigation and contacted SPCA who had prior contacts with the property owners. A California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted with overhead surveillance and determined the event was in fact taking place.

    When Sheriff’s Deputies, CHP Officers, and SPCA Officers arrived at the location, a large number of suspects attempted to flee the scene. The CHP helicopter assisted Deputies, CHP officers, and a Sheriff’s K-9 unit with locating and apprehending many of the fleeing suspects. Gonzalo Manriquez plus 41 additional suspects were detained, identified, and released from the scene.

    The suspects’ information will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution of 597c PC – Spectator at an exhibition of animal fighting. The property owner was cited and released for 597b(b)PC – Permitting cockfighting on premises under their control.

    The SPCA conducted health and welfare checks on the fighting cocks and determined 45 cocks had to be euthanized due to their injuries from the event.



    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 11, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log


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