Fresno County sheriff’s deputies broke up a cockfight near Selma on Sunday — the second such incident in three weeks.
Spokesman Tony Botti said the office received a tip that the event was taking place about 1:30 p.m. at the closed Selma Valley Golf Course on Rose Avenue just east of Selma and dispatched the Eagle 1 helicopter to investigate. The pilot spotted about 300 people and someone in turn noticed the helicopter and the crowd scattered. Patrol units allowed players to leave in a safe manner, but several drivers fled through the golf course, which hasn’t been used in some time. One driver ran into a fence on the south side of the course near Nebraska Avenue and became stuck in the dirt, as did a driver who tried to flee through a gate.
Deputies recovered 47 dead roosters and 27 live ones. They also seized cockfighting spurs and tags used to identify the birds. Six men were cited for being spectators at an animal fight. One man on felony probation was jailed. The organizers were not located.
Botti said the sheriff’s office typically receives two or three reports of cockfighting a year, however deputies already broke up another ring on Feb. 8 near Lincoln and Cornelia avenues west of Easton.
Anyone with information about the illegal activity is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.