Large cockfighting ring uncovered in Miami-Dade

Up to 300 animals euthanized after raid

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – Federal agents executing a search warrant at a southwest Miami-Dade County home were surprised to find a cockfighting ring on the property.

Sources told Local 10 that agents were working a possible identity theft and credit card case at the home Thursday when they found hundreds of roosters.

Miami-Dade Police arrived at the scene in the 6700 block of 120 Avenue on Friday morning along with Animal Services to run a separate investigation.

Over 300 roosters had to be euthanized and more may have to be put down.

"These animals are trained for one thing, to fight," said Lillian Bohorquez of Miami Dade Animal Services. "They cannot be rehabilitated."

The property's owner was allegedly with officers on the scene, although he rents out the property.

Neighbors told Local 10 that they rarely see anyone at the property and were surprised by the raid.

Federal officials will continue their original investigation while the Miami-Dade Police Department will run their own animal cruelty investigation for the cockfighting ring.