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 December 20th, 2007  
St. Lucie County man arrested, 846 fighting roosters seized
Sheriff’s deputies Dec. 20 arrested a 42-year-old Fort Pierce man and seized 846 roosters bred and raised for fighting, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara announced.

“Earlier this year, we broke up a rooster fighting ring in northern St. Lucie County,” Sheriff Mascara said. “The arrest of Juan Alcantar Mondragon and the earlier arrests show our commitment to stamping out illegal cockfighting in our county.”

In April, Mondragon was arrested for attending a cockfight. He was arrested again in Okeechobee County several days before his St. Lucie County arrest for attending an Okeechobee County cockfight.

Sheriff’s deputies seized 846 fighting roosters from two locations in unincorporated St. Lucie County. The birds had to be humanely euthanized, Sheriff Mascara said, because they could not be used for anything else due to their upbringing for fighting.

The defendant, arrested for 846 felonies (one for each fighting rooster), said he was raising the roosters to send to Puerto Rico and Mexico, where cockfighting is legal.

“He knew raising the birds for fighting is illegal in this country, and that’s what’s important,” Sheriff Mascara said. “We will continue to investigate this barbaric abuse of animals, and we will make arrests whenever we can.”

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