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Animal rights group says Miami-Dade officials turn blind eye to cockfighting


welcome back tonight a well-known animals rights group says months after it exposed a brutal animal fighting ring my mood eight County officials have done nothing and now the county is pushing back saying that that group harmed the investigation local 10 investigative reporter Amy Viteri takes a look at why there may be no arrests despite the shocking evidence the evidence is all there a well-organized cockfighting operation in miami-dade horrific animal abuse exposed along with the people investigators say are responsible for all of this video from an undercover investigation spanning several months by the animal recovery mission or arm the organization on the front lines of fighting animal abuse has a history of partnering with law enforcement the surveillance focused on this ranch named a three Angulo in southwest miami-dade this undercover armed investigator says he saw illegal alcohol sales and gambling and worse Birds outfitted with spikes brutal fighting often to the death Birds badly injured discarded in the trash left to die and it’s not a painful working cause of death it’s low but nearly five months after calling police and handing over this evidence not a single arrest everyone in this industry feel so incredibly safe it is almost like a legal industry in Miami arm President Richard Kudo says his team called miami-dade police on June 23rd to report a fighting event was happening at the ranch watch as at least six patrol cars arrive near Southwest 200 13th Avenue Road the officers then run their sirens for more than three minutes it was basically warning everyone in there that law enforcement presence was at the front gate crudo says he understands officers not rushing in to a potentially dangerous scene but was shocked when police opened the gates to let everyone leave and even more surprised by this response you’re letting everyone leave sir okay this is an illegal cockfighting operation sir okay it’s a felony just to be in here did you know that you didn’t know that as law enforcement they have some of the main and largest animal fighters in our country admitting yes we were here for cockfighting miami-dade police told local 10 News in June they found no cockfighting or dead animals observing as a spectator in this it’s a third degree felony state senator elect Jason pezzo used to prosecute animal cruelty cases for the miami-dade State Attorney’s Office he’s worked with Armond cases before and was at the ranch in June it’s staring him in the face and it doesn’t take years and years of training and experience to realize what the situation is more key evidence of cockfighting the Roosters themselves armed veterinarians were able to treat and rehabilitate five Birds they found abandoned near the property miami-dade Animal Services seized the remaining 42 birds from the site claiming they could not be rehabilitated and put all of them down miami-dade police tell us armed should have involved them in the investigation before calling 911 forced patrol officers to respond with no time to prepare for the complex scene but Kudo says two previous cockfighting investigations were ruined by leaks immediately after meeting with police our covers have been blown repeatedly from dealing with law enforcement too soon miami-dade police declined to speak with us on camera but told us all the available evidence was turned over to the State Attorney’s Office for their review late Tuesday the State Attorney’s Office told us the case was still open after our request for information the office sent out this memo Wednesday saying they will not prosecute blasting arms tactics as dangerous to civilians writing I believe that filing such charges would tend to encourage armed to conduct future undercover investigations without appropriate supervision and support from law enforcement agencies but why now the office has worked with arm for years after an illegal slaughterhouse bust in 2015 State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle wrote I applaud the partnership which allows my prosecutors police and the animal recovery mission to effectively shut down ghastly operations hundreds of cases have they ever expressed these concerns in the past never never in miami-dade County amoeba Terry local 10 News miami-dade police director Juan Perez just released a statement tonight that reads in part the Miami Dade Police Department remains committed to investigating criminal cases of animal abuse neglect and baiting and in this case we share many of the concerns of the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office

David Frank

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10 COMMENTS

  1. John john Posted on November 15, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Dont we eat and kill chickens anyway..so what's the problem

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  2. Franco Yauri Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Corrupt Miami police officers, no suprise there.

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  3. M K Posted on December 29, 2018 at 10:03 am

    jajaajajajaaja love miami dade police we cubans motherfukers is in our culture im sure all the great police officers of miami dade have parents and grandparents in the sport. cockfighting should be legal and control by local governments it will bring millions of dollar to the county and thousands of jobs👍🏻.

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  4. XBOXRULES Posted on May 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Just make it legal and stop wasting police resources.

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  5. Maharlika Mananabas Posted on July 11, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Animal activist are crazy.. Nothing but city raised pet owners who sometimes having sex with their dogs..

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  6. Alex Raskalove Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Cockfighting is illegal in US but abortion is legal.

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  7. USA best breeder Yang Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Get a life news crews.

    Reply
  8. kamal karki Posted on August 22, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Kill these animal right activists!

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  9. Joseph M Posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Bla bla bla all this is because you gays can get money or taxes from this I think this bull 💩💩💩💩💩

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  10. cooldbz12 Posted on October 6, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Felony for fighting a chicken. Insane.

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