32 People Charged In Connection With Cock-Fighting - SLIDE SHOW

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July 10, 2012

Colquitt County Sheriff's deputies arrested 32 people on July 7, after busting a cock-fighting ring in Moultrie.


Pictures taken by the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society are now giving us a closer look at the property located along Georgia Highway 256, where the cock-fighting had been going on for months.

There were trailers filled with chickens, fighting arenas set up and even an area that sold food to spectators.

"So many things be going on out in the rural areas that we know nothing about.," said Atticus Jones, a Moultrie resident. "So I'm not surprised at all on what's going on out there."

Other people, however, find the recent news alarming.

"It's kind of intimidating because obviously it shows somebody who doesn't have much sympathy for anything," said Christopher Root, a Moultrie resident. "If they don't care for animals, what's to say they don't care for their neighbors?"

The Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society assisted deputies with the raid. They say they've never seen anything quite like it.

Don Flowers, the manager of the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society described some chickens as having, "cut wounds on their chests, the breasts of them, some on their heads, a lot of feathers missing."

Flowers has been housing the dozens of rescued chickens since the raid and can already see their progress.

"They were really hyped up when we first got them," he said. "They seem a lot calmer now. They're easier to handle."

A majority of the suspects are facing animal cruelty charges. The property owner is also facing felony gambling charges.
July 9, 2012

Thirty two people have been arrested in connection with a cock-fighting ring in Moultrie.

Colquitt County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, while a chicken fight was in progress.

Investigators say the men and women had been fighting chickens and gambling on a property of land off of Georgia Highway 256.

A majority of the suspects are charged with being a party to animal cruelty. However, the property owner is facing more serious charges.

"He is facing two misdemeanors of cruelty to animals, keeping a place of gambling, and also two felony charges of commercial gambling, and prohibited acts through rico," said Shannon Hart, the chief investigator for the Colquitt County Sheriff's Department.

The Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society took custody of more than 40 chickens that were still alive at the time of the raid.

Names of Suspects Charged:
Alejandro Millan Gonzalez
Andres Sanchez Vazquez
Antonio Arreguin
Antonio Chavez
Ardell Burney
Chad Walker Ables
Christopher Stephen Tucker
Crisoforo Rangel Jr.
Dakotah Thompson
Dorothy Dian Underwood
Elias Encina
Felipe Serrano
Gary Luther Germanton
Jack Anthony Goforth
Jessica Trinidad
Joel Keith White
John Thomas Pate
Jose Luis Espinoza
Juan Juarez
Lawrence McDaniel
Mario Villafuerte Trujillo