Two Angelina County men found guilty for fighting chickens
AS REPORTED IN THE LUFKIN DAILY NEWS:
State District Judge Paul White passed down a guilty ruling Wednesday against two Angelina County men charged with cruelty to livestock animals.
A father and son, Juan Gonzales and Bruno Gonzales, were arrested on Jan. 17, 2010, for allegedly fighting roosters at their home on Highway 103 west.
Angelina County Sheriff’s Office animal control officer Melanie Wade testified that she seized two dead chickens that had been placed in feed sacks and two injured chickens from the home.
Two small cases full of equipment used for cockfighting, including vitamins, short knives and thread, were also taken from the home and placed into an evidence locker at the sheriff’s office, Wade said.
Bruno and his brother, Juan Carlos, admitted to fighting roosters in Louisiana several years ago, before the practice had been banned. Juan Carlos said the cases were from then and have not been used since.
The men claimed they were only sparring the animals for friends who were at the home for a cookout. Bruno claimed during testimony that they put sparring gloves on their spurs to keep the birds from getting hurt.
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