Hundreds of Roosters Found at Pauma Valley Cockfight

County Animal Services discovered nearly 300 roosters at the site of an active cockfight in Pauma Valley Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies called Animal Services to the 18200 block of Quail Drive, where animal control officers seized nearly 100 roosters and euthanized 183 others.

“Cockfighting is a cruel and barbaric blood sport that is unacceptable in today’s society,” said County Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa. “Unfortunately, these birds are bred, trained and medicated for only one purpose, to fight, so they are not suitable for adoption.”

The property owner was cited for possessing 85 cockfighting knives that are attached to roosters’ feet for cockfights. He was also cited for possessing 126 game cocks, which he relinquished to Animal Services. Spectators were cited for attending cockfights.

Animal Services says another 154 roosters were found in boxes at the site and had apparently been brought there for fighting. Some were euthanized but 47 roosters were taken to the County facility in Bonita and another 50 to Carlsbad. The owner of those birds has 10 days to request a hearing to contest the seizure of their animals.

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All of the charges that were issued are misdemeanors but the department is looking into possibly referring a felony animal cruelty case to the District Attorney for the death of two birds found in a vehicle on the site.

A misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment in County jail for up to six months, a fine up to $1,000 or both. A felony is punishable by up to three years.


Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact