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Three charged in Johnston cockfighting bust

Posted July 19, 2011

— Johnston County deputies on Sunday broke up a suspected cockfighting ring at a Willow Spring home and arrested three men, authorities said Tuesday.

An anonymous tip led to the raid at a home on Jackson-King Road, authorities said. When deputies arrived, about 30 people ran into some nearby woods.

Robert Cottle, 45, of Raleigh, Arnulfo Garcia, 31, of Wendell, and Hugo Zuniga, 25, of Willow Spring, were each charged with cockfighting and criminal conspiracy.

Deputies seized 138 chickens, 13 dead chickens, cockfighting paraphernalia and 14 cars parked at the home, authorities said.


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  • Rebelyell55 Jul 20, 2011

    Them chicken were given a sporting chance compared to those in a chicken house. Of course I don't agree with shooting em up with drugs, that cheating. Wonder how much money the police are making off the impounded vehicles?

  • brookiepooh0214 Jul 19, 2011

    Get a Life!

  • cbarnett Jul 19, 2011

    The cinfiscated birds will be euthanized

  • reverendbaxter Jul 19, 2011

    Praying for the chickens.

  • cbarnett Jul 19, 2011

    The reason it's illegal is the gambling part. Not the fact that the poor things kill each other.

  • ali817959 Jul 19, 2011

    If boxing and MMA are legal, why this is illegal????? Oh!!! I know goverment is not getting any benefit from it.

  • timbo10.0 Jul 19, 2011

    "TIMBO10.0, It is against the law!"


  • panterap89 Jul 19, 2011

    yeah, this is wrong, hold on while i finish my fried chicken. Ok i'm done. Has anyone ever been into this chicken houses or worse yet meat packing plants. The only reason Rooster fighting is illegal is because uncle Sam does'nt get it's cut!!!!!

  • kmanc4s Jul 19, 2011

    Chickens shouldn't be allowed to fight because it's inhumane to let the die in a fight as a sport. Chickens should only die after being raised in a huge metal building with 40,000 other chickens, walking around in each others feces, packed into big wire crates as tightly as possible, hauled off to a processing company on a big truck and then off with their heads! Now that's humane treatment of chickens...

  • Caring Jul 19, 2011

    TIMBO10.0, It is against the law!