FONTANA ( — A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing more than 500 game birds that he allegedly raised for fighting.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Eugenio Carbonel of Fontana was taken into custody around 1 p.m. Monday at his home in the 8400 block of Redwood Avenue.

Deputies and investigators served a search warrant at the large residential property after learning about the roosters being raised for cockfighting.

Officials found 529 roosters on the property kept in a manner similar to those that are trained for fighting.

(credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)

(credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

Metal gaffs, training mitts, veterinary medical supplies, wound-treatment medication and fowl-transport carriers were also found on Carbonel’s property, authorities said.

Carbonel was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for possession of game birds for fighting and possession of cockfighting implements.

It was not made clear if Carbonel had been released on bail or has a scheduled court date.

The investigation was conducted in collaboration by the Fontana Sheriff’s Station, Fontana Police Animal Services, San Bernardino County Animal Control, Humane Society of the San Bernardino Valley, San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.


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