News Story


Animal Cruelty
7/19/2015 3:05:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Animal Cruelty

Report Number:

RB# 152003600


3000 Block East Telegraph Road Fillmore Ca.

Date & Time:

7-18-2015 @ 0700 hours.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Office, Ventura Animal Services.

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Navarro, Fermin

(S) Vasquez-Sanchez, Lucio

(S) Suarez-Guzman, Rodrigo

(S) Figueroa, Abraham

Sylmar Ca.

Ojai Ca.

Ojai Ca.

Piru Ca.







Sheriff's deputies from the Fillmore station received an anonymous tip of a possible

Cockfighting event in the fields near the 3000 block of East Telegraph Road in Fillmore. Deputies located the operation on the property bordering the Santa Clara River bottom south of East Telegraph Road (SR126). When deputies arrived, multiple subjects fled the scene, running into the dense brush of the river bottom. The four subjects above were detained and ultimately arrested for being involved in the event. Approximately 39 roosters were located in small cages and confiscated. The event was stopped in the early stages and as a result, no birds were injured. Evidence was found relating to the event, including small sharp knives typically attached to the birds' legs for use during the fighting. Once attached to the legs, the knives cause severe damage to the opponent, including death. Over $1,000, which was being used for illegal wagering, was also seized as evidence. Ventura Animal Services responded and took possession of the birds.


The Ventura Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for being aware of the operation and notifying deputies. The tip led to a quick response and the birds were ultimately confiscated before any fighting occurred.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Dave Sparks


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Det. Greg Cadman, Sheriff's Agriculture/ Major Crimes Unit.



Approved by:


Capt. Dave Wareham



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).