Birds 1, Cockfighters 0
February 8, 2011
A Central Coast man died after being stabbed in the leg at a cockfight by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb. [AP]
Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, of Lamont, was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he was injured in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30, the Kern County coroner said.
An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental “sharp force injury” to his right calf.
Ochoa and the other spectators fled when authorities arrived at the scene of the fight. Deputies found five dead roosters and other evidence of cockfighting at the location.
No arrests were made at the cockfight.
Cockfighting is a sport, illegal in the United States, in which specially bred roosters are put into a ring and encouraged to fight until one is incapacitated or killed.
Court documents reveal that Ochoa paid $370 in fines last year for training an animal to be involved in cockfightiing.
“I have never seen this type of incident,” said a sheriff’s department spokesperson.