2 Men arrested in Phoenix cockfights

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Two men were arrested on suspicion of participating in cockfights at a Phoenix residence Wednesday.

The Phoenix Police Department said it received an anonymous complaint around 1:50 p.m. about possible cockfights in the backyard of a home on Seventh Street near Southern Avenue.

The first responding police officer saw 10 to 12 people watching and cheering as two roosters fought inside a plywood ring, police said.

As more patrol units arrived, the spectators began running from the yard, police said.

Ademir Guzman Avalos, 20, and Jesus Israel Avalos, 24, both of Phoenix, were seen cleaning up blood and feathers and dismantling the ring, according to court paperwork.

They were detained along with the homeowner.

Police said Ademir Avalos and Jesus Avalos rented the yard of the home to breed chickens for sale in Mexico.

They were reportedly selling each bird for about $150 to $200.

Police said the men admitted to participating in at least three cockfights on the property but denied the fighting birds belonged to them.

They also admitted to knowledge of betting during the fights, police said.

A scale and a tool bag containing twine, boots and gaffs were found in the yard, according to court paperwork.

The Humane Society responded and confirmed the items are used for cockfighting. They were impounded as evidence, along with syringes, antibiotics, vitamins and an apparent betting ledger.

The Humane Society seized 132 roosters and hens.

The Avalos brothers were each booked into jail on three counts of cruelty to animals by cockfighting.

Police said the investigation into the homeowner will be submitted for prosecution.