Sheriff’s say that they have broken up an alleged rooster fighting ring operating at an abandoned dairy farm about seven miles north of Patterson.
Deputies showed up to a property along Cox Road around 1 p.m. Sunday after getting a report about trespassers. Seeing the approaching deputies, about 50 men are said to a tried running away from the property.
A few of the men got away by jumping into the San Joaquin River, sheriff’s say.
Searching the building, deputies reportedly found about 50 dead roosters – along with 35 live roosters inside of wood boxes.
Animal control has been called and is helping in the investigation.
At this point in the investigation, no one has been arrested, sheriff’s say.