Reynaldo Bonilla was Friday arrested in his home in New York.
(Suffolk County Police Department via AP)
A man was arrested in the vicinity of New York City on Friday after authorities found him in possession of at least 60 roosters, an injured pit bull, cockfighting equipment and drugs, authorities said.
The suspect, identified as Reynaldo Bonilla, 40, was arrested at his home in Bay Shore, new york, on Long Island, after officers from the Suffolk County Police searched two locations, according to a press release from the police.
The authorities said they found cocaine and marijuana, money and drug packaging material.
In their search for a second location, authorities discovered the birds and cockfighting equipment, at which point the Suffolk County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was called to the scene, Chief Roy Gross said.
The cock on the picture above was one of at least 60 seized Friday from a site outside the City of New York, authorities said.
(Suffolk County, new york, animal SHELTER via Associated Press)
The authorities seized more than 60 roosters that appeared to have been trained to fight, as well as the “fighting paraphernalia” and a fighting ring, an animal SHELTER press release said. The seized equipment included a razor-like spurs, which are connected to the cocks when they fight and the “small gloves” that protect the birds when they train, Gross told the Associated Press.
He added that the roosters will be killed, because they can’t be repaired and were probably treated with steroids. It was unclear whether the bird fights occurred in the house or that they were only housed there, Gross said.
“The call of a blood-sport,” Gross told the AP. Spectators “want to see the birds cut each other, the sight of the blood, and in general they are bleeding. It is barbaric. They generally fight to the death,” he said.
In addition, an injured, neglected woman pit bull “living in deplorable conditions,” was also on the site, SPCA officials said.
Bonilla faces several drug charges from the police, as well as of cruelty to animals and possession of fighting birds and tools of the SPCA, authorities said.
He was also accused of illegal possession of wild animals without a permit from the New York State Environmental Conservation Police for a pheasant found at the location, Gross said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.