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2 arrested after officer sees cockfight in Phoenix yard

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Jesus Israel Avalos; Ademir Guzman Avalos Jesus Israel Avalos; Ademir Guzman Avalos
PHOENIX -

Two men were arrested on Wednesday afternoon for allegedly participating in cock fights.

Phoenix police say one of their officers was passing a home near 7th Street and Southern when the officer saw 10 to 12 people in the rear yard congregated around multiple chicken coops.

The officer saw two roosters fighting in a plywood ring in the center.

When the people saw the officer, police say most of them scattered.

However, Jesus Israel Avalos and Ademir Guzman Avalos were still in the ring cleaning up feathers and blood and dismantling the plywood ring.

Police say both men admitted to raising chickens in the yard and breeding them to sell in Mexico for about $150 to $200 each.

Both Jesus Avalos and Ademir Avalos allegedly admitted to participating in the fight by weighing the roosters. They also admitted there were bets on a total of three fights.

A scale, a tool bag with twine, boots and gaffs, a betting ledger and syringes were found and taken in as evidence.

The Arizona Humane Society confirmed to police that the items are used for cock fighting.

Three dead roosters were found and a total of 132 roosters and hens were confiscated; most of them suffered serious injuries.  Humane Society workers are caring for about 36 roosters.

Both men were arrested and face three counts of cockfighting.

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