Man Killed by Cockfighting Rooster
Jose Luis Ochoa was stabbed in his right calf and later died in a hospital, The Bakersfield Californian reported.
"I have never seen this type of incident," said Sgt. Martin King. "People have been known to bleed out from those injuries if medical attention is not obtained immediately."
In cockfighting, the birds often have razor-sharp knives attached to their feet. Onlookers then encourage the birds to fight each other, often placing bets on which will survive.
The blood sport is illegal in the United States.
Cops say they received an anonymous tip about the cockfight. The spectators fled when they arrived.
Police found five dead birds on the scene, the New York Daily News reported.
There is a growing cockfighting scene in California because penalties are less stiff there than in states such as Arizona and Oregon, according John Goodwin, director of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society of the United States.
"We have seen a steady stream of activity in states with weaker laws," Goodwin said, according to the Bakersfield Californian.