Illegal Cock-Fighting Ring Busted in Salinas

Illegal Cock-Fighting Ring Busted in Salinas
Photo: Image of cock fighting grounds | Courtesy of MCSO

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant on a residence suspected of engaging in illegal cockfighting activities on Sunday, March 22, 2024, at approximately 7:45 AM, in the 600 block of San Juan Grade Road, Salinas.

Deputies initiated the search warrant based on information previously provided regarding alleged illegal cockfighting activities occurring at the location. Following a thorough investigation, the search warrant was granted, leading to the execution of the operation. Assistance was provided by the Monterey County SPCA and Monterey County Code Enforcement.

During the execution of the search warrant, Sheriff’s deputies uncovered evidence typically associated with the breeding and training of roosters for illegal cockfighting purposes. A total of approximately 350 roosters, hens, and chicks were seized from the premises. These animals were subsequently turned over to the Monterey County SPCA, with plans for euthanasia.

Jose Francisco Gaitan, 73, of Salinas, was contacted during the operation. In addition to the discovery of numerous code enforcement violations, Gaitan was found to be associated with the illegal cockfighting activity. As a result, a request for charges against Gaitan will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney for violation of 597j PC, Possession of Fighting Birds.

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