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Aug 8, 2012 12:09 PM by Siera Santos

300 cockfighting roosters euthanized

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of malnourished cockfighting roosters found at a Southern California business have been euthanized.

Santa Paula officers investigating last month's fatal stabbing of a 34-year-old man at the Telegraph Road business found about 300 roosters during a warrant search on Tuesday.

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center worker Regina Wilcox tells the Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/RpwAqO ) that the roosters were in bad shape and they were euthanized on the spot.

Interim police Chief Ish Cordero says he doesn't know if anyone had been arrested or questioned in connection with the suspected cockfighting operation.

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